Striking doctors of the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH) in Oyo State, have urged to the State Government to pay them their 12 months salary.
The doctors made the call in a statement signed by the branch President and General Secretary of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Dr Sebastine Oiwoh and Ayobami Alabi, and made available to newsmen on Saturday.
The doctors had 75 days ago embarked on industrial action over their unpaid salaries and poor working condition.
The ARD said that their members had indefinite withdrawal of services, saying the management, board and the state government were fully aware of the industrial crisis.
They said: ”Our action is as a result of poor working conditions, persistent payment of percentage salary and poor funding of residency training.
”Also among the problem is dearth of manpower, incomplete infrastructural development and neglect of the hospital to mention a few.”
The striking doctors said that government had embraced repeated obviation to the solution of the problem through relentless media propaganda of leakages, intended audit and restructuring in the last 14 months.
ARD said: ”In the last 14 months government has embarked on propaganda of intended audit and restructuring with no visible result but reckless abandon of the lives of our members to unlimited hardships.”
They said that their members have never and would never support any act to pilfer, launder or to decimate the finances and resources of the hospital through illegal acts of corruption.
The ARD said the hospital was replete with evidence of their relentless resolve to transparency, equity and due diligence.
The doctors said they would continue to call on all stakeholders, including traditional rulers, politicians and religious leaders, to prevail on the government to find solutions to the problems.