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Reps move to stop impending strike by Resident doctors

The speaker, House of Reps, Tajudeen Abbas, the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of of health and the leadership of NARD.

Worried by the looming industrial action by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), the speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr Tajudeen Abbas, has appealed to the association to suspend the strike action while the house intervenes.

Dr Abbas made the call during a meeting with the leadership of the association and the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health.

He urged the association to understand the fact that a new administration just came on board and still in the process of settling down as Ministers are yet to assume office.

Applauding the “patriotism and sacrifices” of the association despite the many challenges within their work environment, the speaker assured the resident doctors that the 10th house would deploy “every legislative instrument available” to ensure that they were “fully compensated”.

“We must approach these issues with an open mind and guided by the fact that revenues available to the government may not fully meet our demands. Therefore, we must find a middle ground that satisfies everyone without prejudice to the 2023 Memorandum of Understanding,” he advised.

“We particularly note that your demands include the payment of the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund, upward review of Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) and salary arrears dating back to 2015. These issues and more can be resolved without embarking on an industrial action.”

Dr Abbas also urged the doctors to take advantage of the meeting to bare their minds on the issues at stake and suggest “realistic solutions” to them.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor