Resident Doctors To Begin Nationwide Warning Strike 

By Damilare Adeleye

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has declared a five-day warning strike over alleged failure of the federal government to meet its yearnings.

The resident doctors said the planned strike would begin at 8 am on Wednesday, May 17, and will end Monday, May 22, at 8 am.

The Nigerian Voice learnt that the decision was taken after NARD six and half hours extraordinary National Executive Council meeting held virtually on Monday.

It would be recalled that NARD had on April 29, 2023, issued a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to meet its demands or face industrial disharmony.

The ultimatum ended on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
The doctors are demanding an immediate increment in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure to the tune of 200 per cent of the current gross salaries of doctors.

The doctors also want the immediate withdrawal of the bill seeking to compel medical and dental graduates to render five-year compulsory services in Nigeria before being granted full licences to practise.

They also want the immediate implementation of CONMESS, domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act, and review of hazard allowance by all the state governments as well as private tertiary health institutions where any form of residency training is done; among others.

While speaking to journalists, NARD President, Dr Emeka Orji, said the strike would be total which would involve both emergency and clinical operations in the hospitals.