The federal government signed a Memorandum of Action (MOA) with the National Association of Resident Physicians (NARD) to avoid the strike planned by the union across the country.
NAN reports that the Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, revealed this when speaking to reporters after a meeting with NARD on Thursday in Abuja.
NARD had threatened to call a nationwide strike on April 1, accusing the federal government of reneging on agreements reached with the union.
The doctors’ grievances include the non-payment of three to five month salaries to some house agents and the failure to hire house agents.
Others are the removal of application fees for doctors in training at other hospitals and the non-payment of the national minimum wage and risk allowances to doctors.
Speaking to reporters, Ngige said the deliberations had been fruitful and everything written in the MoA would be implemented.
“Hopefully tomorrow you will experience the payment agreed here for the second category of doctors, which is over the quota of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
“By the time the President of Chief Medical Directors (CMD) draws up his final list and harmonizes it with that of MDCN, we would no longer have a problem with this payment or if some doctors have not been paid,” he said. he declared. .
Ngige noted that deadlines had also been set for other issues raised by doctors.
He said the two sides would meet again in a month to reassess the assignments given.
“With this MoA, we hope that you (the leaders of NARD) will reach out to your members to make them better understand that the government has acted proactively to resolve most of the issues before you come.
“We are glad that you understand, so I assure you that most of the things written here will be done.
“We will help the Federal Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the General Accountant of the Federation to ensure that they meet their end of the bargain,” the minister said.
Strike: FG, doctors reach agreement