Barring any change, medical doctors serving directly under Lagos state have threatened to go on strike from July 13.
The doctors under the auspices of the ‘Medical Guild’ said they give Lagos state government two weeks ultimatum to address their demands, failure of which will cause them to implement their threat.
The guild in a statement issued yesterday identified their issues as salary disparity, shortage of doctors, COVID-19 response and Medical Residency Training Act, among others.
Chairman of the guild, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo stated in the statement that the guild will embark on a three day warning strike should government fail to meet at least 70 percent of members demands.
He said, “At the end of the emergency congress held on Saturday, we have resolved that the state government should be given two weeks more ultimatum, starting from Monday, June 29, to meet at least 70 per cent of the demands or we will embark on a three-day warning strike.
“COVID-19 response issue that affects our members are still there and non-inclusion of the Medical Guild in the activities; there is an issue of the Lagos State minimum wage, salary disparity between the federal government and Lagos State Government doctors, memorandum of understanding between the federal government and healthcare workers unions on COVID-19 allowances; shortage of doctors and the Medical Residency Training Act, among others.
“If these demands are not met by then, an emergency representative council meeting should be held for immediate activation of Medical Guild three days’ warning strike”.
The guild threat is coming two weeks after resident doctors embarked on an indefinite strike which was later called off after reaching a level playing ground with the government.