Mark excited over Doctors's reinstatement
———–Thanks President Jonathan
Senate President, Senator David Mark has expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for reinstating the 16,000 resident Doctors sacked during their two months strike action.
Senator Mark had waded into the strike action following the disagreement between the federal government and the Doctors over unpaid arrears arising from hazard and relativity allowances among others.
During the strike action, the federal government unilaterally sacked all resident Doctors and suspended residency training .
The then striking Doctors under the aegis of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) vowed not to return to work until government reverses the decision sacking them.
Senator Mark had pleaded with them to go back to work and give him the benefit of doubt to meet the executive arm of government to think otherwise about the sack.
It was on upon his intervention that the Doctors agreed to suspend the strike action and went back to work.
On hearing that the federal government has through the Health minister Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu reinstated the resident Doctors, Senator Mark who expressed delight thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for the gesture.
Senator Mark also appreciated the NMA for calling off the strike and directing its members to return to their duty posts forthwith .
He therefore enjoined the Doctors to reciprocate the gesture by rendering excellent services they have been known for especially under the current health care challenges orchestrated by the out break of Ebola Virus Disease ( EVD).
According to Senator Mark, “strike should be avoided at all cost especially in critical sectors like health. Dialogue remain the option to any dispute no matter the circumstances. I believe that some useful lessons have been learnt to prevent occurrence in future.”
He canvassed for patriotism from all citizens “because we need the support and cooperation of all to make progress and make our country a better place”.
Paul Mumeh, Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate.
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