Doctors in Lagos to begin strike on Monday

Doctors employed by the Lagos State Government are embarking on a three-day warning strike on Monday, June 13.

Chairman of the Medical Guild in Lagos, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo says the industrial action is due to the expiry of the ultimatum given to the State Government, stating that 70% of their demands must be met.

This includes erasing the wage disparity between the federal and Lagos state doctors.

Dr. Sodipo also said the COVID-19 hazard and inducement allowances approved by the federal government have not been effected by the Lagos State Government.

He said: “Following the emergency congress of the Medical Guild held on June 27, we resolved that the previous 21 days ultimatum given to the state government be extended by a further two weeks during which representative council meeting should be held to review the resolutions of the congress and activate the three-day warning strike if 70 per cent of the Guild’s demands are not met.

“The issues of COVID-19 hazard allowance and inducement allowances MOU approved by the federal government to her doctors have not been approved by the Lagos State Government to her doctors.

“The doctors working in the COVID-19 isolation centres are still being owed two months’ salaries which have remained unpaid at the moment. They are also being unceremoniously disengaged without recourse to their welfare.

“The issue of shortage of doctors in the health facilities are yet to be resolved and with no substantive action taken by the state government t resolve the issue.”

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