Indications have emerged that the ongoing strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) may be suspended today at a meeting of its National Executive Council (NEC). This was part of the resolutions reached at the end of negotiations between the striking doctors and representatives of the federal government at the Ministry of Labour and Productivity in Abuja.
A committee headed by Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, the Minister of Health, was set up to address the issues raised by the striking doctors alongside the proper implementation of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
At the meeting, which lasted about 14 hours, it was agreed that Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) of government hospitals should provide a list of resident doctors in their hospitals as well as the arrears owed to each of them within the next four weeks.
These details were contained in a statement issued by the Head, Press and Public Relations in the Labour Ministry, Mr. Samuel Olowookeere, yesterday.
“On the failure of Enugu State Government to implement the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) for NARD members at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, it was agreed that the ultimatum issued to the Enugu State Government by NARD should be stepped down, and that NARD should subsequently write to inform the Enugu State Government of issues of concern to its members in the spirit of social dialogue,” the statement read.
“In view of the above dialogue in good faith, a meeting of NARD NEC would be convened today to consider the suspension of the ongoing withdrawal of service by its members,” it added.