Resident Doctors Suspend Nationwide Strike

 Resident Doctors Suspend Nationwide Strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its planned nationwide industrial action. 

The President of NARD, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, confirmed this to Channels TV on Thursday evening, September 10, 2020.

Dr Sokomba disclosed that the Union will review the progress made in talks with the Federal Government in two weeks.

It would be recalled that on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the Federal Government and the Doctors reached an agreement in a bid to end the industrial action.

During the meeting which almost took the entire day, NARD had disclosed that it will liaise with the executive council with a view to calling off the strike.

Both parties had been in talks to resolve the issues which led to NARD declaring an end to the country-wide strike; but the Federal Government said an additional 8.9 billion Naira has been approved to pay up a large chunk of the June 2020 COVID-19 allowance to all health workers across the nation.

The strike aimed to resolve issues bothering on group life insurance for doctors and other health care workers, payment of death-in-service benefit to next of kin/beneficiaries, universal implementation of the medical Residency Training Act in all Federal and State Hospitals, immediate review of the hazard allowance of healthcare workers and payment of the COVID-19 inducement allowance.

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