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Strike: Consultants, NYSC doctors takeover at FMC Abeokuta

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Temitope Adigun

As members of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, embarked  on nationwide strike ,its  members  at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun State, yesterday joined the industrial action as directed by it's national body.

However, Consultants and graduate doctors who are members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) took over medical services the centre by attending to patients.

The FMC President of the Association, Dr. Taiwo Babajide told journalists that the chapter would follow the directive from its National body to the later.

He disclosed that the agitation of the doctors have been on for years and accused the Federal government of paying lip service to their plight.

Babajide insisted that they could not continue "to work in an environment that is not conducive and lack of proper equipment."

He wondered why the Federal Government refused to put the Resident Doctors on the Integrated Payroll Payment System (IPPS).

"The level of complaint with the directive of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) here is 100 percent and we have decided to stay from work in line with our parent body directive.

"The FG should do the needful and then we can reach an agreement and return to work,

Babajide wondered why the federal government refused to put the Resident Doctors on the Integrated Payroll Payment System (IPPS).

His words: " It is not something I am happy to talk about because our services have been withdrawn as resident doctors, patients have gone through alot, probably some might have to go to general hospitals or private hospitals around town but the summary of the whole issue is that when you come to an hospital and the greater percentage of the doctors are not at work, the tendency is that it would affect service delivery.

Babajide appealed "We've dialogue with the   federal govt and sat on round table couple of times. This issue has been on for years and  and this present issue (inclusion on IPPS) that resulted into strike has been on for months and the Federal government have paid lip service to what is being agitated for. The issue is not a local problem, it is directed against the Federal government".

Residency is not only about training, they (Resident doctors) undergo training, conduct researches and service delivery but the FG forget to remember that. The service part of it is what we are being paid for".

"The FG should do the needful. The communique we handed to the FG indicates the issues. The FG should do the needful and then we can reach an agreement."

The Medical Director of the Centre, Prof. Adewale Abdul-Samiu Musa  however appealed to the striking doctors to resume work, saying that he doesn't want the centre to record the death of any patient due to the strike.

He said the hospital is coping with their absence, stressing that consultants and NYSC doctors are on ground to attend to the patients.

Musa stated "The resident doctors absent are being felt, they are quite important when we considered the amount of work they do".

His words: "I think the resident doctors, they should find a common place to dialogue with the Federal government and come back to work quickly. I believe the FG will definitely listen to their demands but it will be wrong if the patients die before they come so my appeal is that they should quickly come ".

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