By Citizensplatform The Lagos state government on Monday sacked over 1000 doctors working in its state hospitals. The Doctors in state-owned hospitals began an indefinite strike on April 24, 2012, to press for the downward review of taxes and the full implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS), and other demands.
The secretary of the Medical Guild, Idris Durojaiye confirmed the present situation
However, the doctors will reportedly be holding a press conference to decide their next line of action.
Meanwhile, The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) had cancelled a planned solidarity strike with Lagos doctors.
The body says the strike will no longer hold and that it has set up a negotiating team with the government to find solution to the ongoing strike.
NMA Chairman, Lagos chapter, Dr Edamisan Temiye said the decision of the body was due to a meeting it had with its parent body in Abuja, last week.
He said: “We wish the team concludes with the state within the shortest possible time so that doctors can go back to their duty posts.”
While the dialogue is going on, Temiye said, the strike in the state would continue. Chairman, Medical Guild Dr Olumuyiwa Odusote said the striking doctors met the House of Assembly on Saturday in a bid to find solution to the problem. The meeting was deadlocked.
He said the parties have slated another meeting for today. Patients are still not been admitted in most of the government-owned hospitals while those on admission have either been discharged or referred to Federal Government owned hospitals or private health facilities to seek care.
All fingers crossed, that the negotiation team with the government in the next meeting favours the citizens…ah life has no duplicate