Medical Doctors embark on Indefinite Strike in Sokoto.

Sokoto State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has
embarked on indefinite strike, following the inability of the
management of the Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH)
Sokoto, to implement Skipping policy for medical and dental officers.

Addressing journalists in Sokoto Friday, state Chairman of NMA, Dr.
Abubakar Panti, said the Association was compelled to resume strike,
following the inability of management of UDUTH to reverse its
discriminatory treatment meted out to doctors in its employ by not
implementing the directives of the Head of Service of the Federation
and Minister of Health on December 19, 2013 to implement Skipping for
medical and dental officers.

He said that the management of UDUTH had implemented Skipping for all
other health workers in the January 2014 salary leaving out doctors
only, despite circulars and directives instructing them otherwise.

Also speaking, NMA Secretary in Sokoto, Dr AbdulGafar Jimoh, said the
congress unanimously resolved to resume her suspended strike action in
UDUTH following the state government’s action

‘This prompted an initial 14-day ultimatum and a subsequent strike
action which was suspended when management wrote an unreserved apology
to the NMA and promised to implement both skipping and relativity for
medical and dental officers in its employ in February pay,’ Jimoh.
He added that it was unfortunate that when the February salary was
paid, the promise was not kept by the management. Jimoh asserted that
it was consequent upon this that the suspended strike action was
resumed by midnight Wednesday.

Chief Medical Director of UDUTH, Dr.Yakubu Ahmed said the national
president of the association was meeting with the minister of health
toresolve the issue, expressing optimism that the outcome would end
the dispute.


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