Dr. Majekodunmi Ayodele, The Chief Medical Director of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Ekiti State, has called on the Federal Government to sponsor a bill that will criminalise industrial action by medical workers.
He made this appeal while speaking with Punch news on the nationwide strike embarked on by doctors under the aegis of the Association of Resident Doctors.
The doctors are presently on strike to press home for full implementation of Consolidated Medical Salary Scale and commencement of payment for the skipping of Consolidated Health Salary Scale 2 to members, as directed by the Federal Government.
Dr Ayodele, however, appealed to doctors in the Federal Teaching Hospital to show understanding, saying that the templates for the implementation of CONMESS and payment for skipping CONHESS 2 have not been released by Federal Government adding that the money for payments have also not been released.
“The Federal Government must start a process of restructuring the health sector. It seems as if the medical officers, including doctors, nurses and others are addicted to strike and this is killing the system.
“In 2014, doctors went on strike for over four months while JOHESU was on strike for about six months. Out of about 360 work days, hardly did they come to work for their legitimate duties for 120 days”, he said
He added that due to the sensitivity of services rendered by health workers, responsibilities should not be abandoned.
“How do you realise money to pay for residency training when workers are not working to make money? You can’t be embarking on strike at the slightest opportunity and be expecting sponsorship for training from the hospital because they are not being paid for by Federal Government.
“Let me also add that this rumour going rounds that the funding for CONHESS 2 and CONMESS had been factored into the 2015 Budget is not true. It is saddening that we are losing lives here on a daily basis and we plead with our colleagues to resume work. They must show understanding and patriotism,” he added.
Culled from Punch news