Doctors suspend strike

Nigerian Hospital
Nigerian Hospital

By Oluwabukola Akanni

The five-day strike of resident doctors at the University College Hospital in Ibadan has been suspended after three days of action.

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at the Hospital on Wednesday commenced the strike to protest what they called insensitivity of the management to their plight and payment of half salaries to members.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the doctors are demanding that the hospital management must respect agreements reached over full lateral implementation of skipping and payment of outstanding salaries.

A NAN correspondent, who visited the hospital on Friday, however, observed that full medical services were ongoing and resident doctors were sighted attending to patients.

Dr Mashor Mbwas, the Public Relations Officer of the association, confirmed the suspension of the strike.

According to him, the industrial action was suspended following the intervention of some prominent Nigerians who prevailed on the management to make some commitments as regards the demands of the doctors.

He said that his members had since resumed at their respective duty posts in the hope that the management would honour its own part of the agreement.

Also speaking, the Public Relations Officer of UCH, Mr Deji Bobade, said that the management would continue to explore all avenues to ensure peaceful co-existence in the hospital.

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