NMA may join sympathy strike with Lagos doctors

As the strike by the doctors in the employ of Lagos State government lingers, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Lagos branch, may join the strike, in sympathy with the cause of their colleagues. Speaking in an exclusive interview with our reporter on Sunday, the Deputy Secretary of the NMA, Dr. Peter Ogunnunbi, said, “We are strongly considering a sympathy strike. We don’t actually like to go on strike as doctors but we are being pushed. However, we will still wait for the response from the state government on this issue.”

Meanwhile, the state government had in a statement said, the strike by the doctors is illegal and threatened a ‘no work, no pay’.

Though, the doctors had been attending to emergency cases, Daily Times gathered that the state government has told the doctors that, whoever does not work fully should not come to work.

It would be recalled that the recent strike was embarked upon on Monday, March 16, in protest against the continued appointment of doctors as casual (contract) workers, in place of the aborted residency training programme, unpaid arrears for the months of May 2012 and July, August and September 2014, due to the application of the state’s ‘no work, no pay’ policy to members of the Medical Guild.

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