Resident doctors of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, UUTH, Akwa Ibom State, on Wednesday said they would call off the two months’ old industrial action over their salary arrears.
The doctors, who spoke under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors, on Wednesday in Uyo, the state capital, stated that the hospital’s management had agreed to pay their full entitlements starting from the end of September.
The association’s president, Dr. Christian Adeneye, explained that their desire to suspend the strike followed series of meeting with the Medical Director, Prof. Etete Peters, promising to remunerate them their salary arrears in full.
Adeneye stated that the matter had before now been presented to their congress, which the doctors unanimously agreed to resume work judging from the position of management to pay them their full entitlements.
Speaking on other issues like call meals, the doctors said management had awarded a contract to a firm for its full implementation.
He added that the call meals will only be effective once the doctors resume activities at the hospital.
His words: “We are calling off our two months old strike over our salary arrears. The Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Etete Peters, has written to us about the efforts they have made to ensure that we get our full entitlements from now till early days of October.
“The other issues which have been tabled before the management, we believe, some of them can be sorted out, like the issue of call meals. The contract for call meal services has been awarded. The contractor is waiting for us to resume work for it to be implemented.
“The other issues will be resolved as we go on. And we want to show maturity believing that as we move on, the other issues will be sorted out.”
The doctors had on early August, 2016 proceeded on an industrial action owing to the hospital’s management rejection of the directives of the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Salaries and Wages Commission to implement full emolument.