Doctors of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos have refused to Resume work despite the Fact that The Health workers have suspended their seven-week-old strike to give room for further dialogue with the hospital’s management.
according To PUNCH, Some patients were seen at the emergency unit and outpatient clinic waiting to see few consultants on duty.
Mr Uzondu Eke, the Chairman, Joint Health Sector Unions at the hospital, told NAN that the strike was suspended for only four weeks for further negotiation with the management.
“This industrial action has been suspended to give room for further dialogue and to also attend to our numerous patients.
“This is also with the belief that within the time-frame agreed on with the management, needs of the workers will be met in terms of the payment of arrears.
“We agreed on one month from the time the agreement was signed and we accepted because we want to attend to our patients and do not want them to continue suffering,’’ he said.
Eke appealed to the management to do the needful by living up to the expectations of the workers.
In his reaction, the hospital Medical Director, Dr Rahman Lawal, confirmed the workers’ resumption, but said the doctors were still on strike.
Lawal said few consultants available were providing skeletal services.
“The health workers have resumed work, but the doctors are still on strike.
“Those of us on the ground are providing skeletal services to the patients on admission and the out-patients,” he said.
NAN reports that health workers, under the aegis of JOHESU, had on June 1 embarked on an indefinite strike to press home their demands.
The workers, among other things, demanded for the payment of promotion arrears of their salaries for 2011 to 2014, conducive working environment and improved welfare.