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LUTH resident doctors begin indefinite strike

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, on Friday embarked on an indefinite strike over nonpayment of outstanding salaries and allowances.

The association was also demanding for the payment of outstanding arrears owed house officers, resident doctors and residency training fees.

Other demands include lack of resident doctors and house officers across all units, lightening up of the dark portions within the hospital environment.

Resident doctors and house officers had staged a peaceful protest on May 22, followed by a two-day warning strike on the same issues.

Dr Kayode Makinde, President, LUTH ARD, on Friday said that the hospital management had not called leaders of ARD for another meeting after the warning strike.

Makinde said ARD executives have no option than to embark on the indefinite strike, adding that members of the association would not resume work until all their demands were met.

According to him, 65 house officers are being owed between one and five months salaries.

“With the present numbers of house officers (177), it means one out of three house officers is currently being owed salaries.

“House officers are not enrolled on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform so what is the reason for the perennial delay in payment of their salaries?

“House officers are bonafide members of the association of resident doctors LUTH.

“As at today, there are 255 resident doctors in LUTH; between 2014 and 2015, there were 547 resident doctors in LUTH.

“So, 86 resident doctors are being owed one to three months salaries on the IPPIS platform.

“Some have their pension funds credited with deductions from both employers and employees,” he said.

When contacted, Prof. Olufemi Fasanmade, the Chairman, LUTH Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), said that the present agitation started when the association demanded the withdrawal of the administrative query given to some of its members.

Fasanmade said LUTH management does not employ resident doctors and house officers, noting that each of these cadres was admitted periodically for training under specific rules.

“Admission into each of this training programme is based on extant approvals from the appropriate government agencies.

“It is, therefore, not the call of ARD to dictate when or how trainees are being admitted.

“Currently, 189 house officers are on our payroll; LUTH has enough house officers for the care of about 400 patients on admission.

“LUTH management had secured assurances from a corporate organisation to install bright LED streetlights within the premises.

“LUTH owes no salaries to any resident doctor; rather, IPPIS does, as no money was paid to LUTH for any resident doctor salary,” he said.

“The general public is hereby assured that the hospital will be opened for business and no services will be shut down in LUTH,” he said.

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