NIGERIAN medical practitioners in the country, under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association, on Sunday suspended their 55-day-old industrial action with immediate effect.
President of the association, Dr. Kayode Obembe, who addressed journalists in Abuja, subsequently directed members to resume at their various duty posts on Monday (today).
The doctors commenced their industrial action on July 1, 2014 over a 24-point demand bordering on welfare, condition of service and poor facilities in government hospitals.
But Obembe said the decision to suspend the industrial action was taken after the emergency delegates meeting of the association, which held in Abuja on Saturday.
He explained that the strike was suspended in the interest of urgent national emergency while negotiations with the Federal Government continued.
The delegates at the meeting, the NMA boss said, demanded the immediate reversal of the suspension of Residency Training Programme by the Federal Government.
The 10-point communiqué states in part, “Delegates demand immediate withdrawal of the government circular (Ref No C3132/V/46 of 13th August, 2014) suspending the RTP and sacking of over 16,000 resident doctors who constitute about 70 percent of doctors’ workforce in Nigeria.
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