Nigeria’s National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) is set to begin an indefinite nationwide strike starting from Monday, 7th of September 2020 till their demands are met.
NARD demands immediate payment of the Medical Residency Training funding to all members as approved in the revised 2020 budget at the end of the Virtual National Executive Council Meeting.
Their other demands includes “Provision of genuine Group life insurance and death in service benefits for all health workers. Payment of the outstanding April/May and June COVID-19 inducement allowance to all health workers
“Determination of the revised hazard allowance for all health workers as agreed in previous meetings with relevant stakeholders. Immediate payment of the salary shortfalls of 2014, 2015 and 2016.
“Doctors working under the various tertiary health institutions to be placed on appropriate salary grade level and universal implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act of 2017 in all State tertiary health institutions and payment of all arrears owed our members in Federal and States tertiary health institutions, arising from the consequential adjustment of the National minimum wage.”
In a communique, NARD noted that in spite the inclusion of the residency funding in the revised 2020 budget, the Nigerian government has not made plans to implement the payment despite several promises by several stakeholders.
It also noted the failure of the federal government to procure group life insurance and death in service benefits for all health workers among others.
The National Association of Resident Doctors appeal to Nigerians to bear with them during the period of industrial disharmony while calling for the intervention of relevant stakeholders.