President Jonathan sacked all resident doctors in Nigeria on Thursday.
The Federal Government, on Thursday (August 14th) defended President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to sack thousands of resident doctors in the nation’s hospitals.
It was reported how the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, L.N. Awute, sent a memo to federal hospitals ordering that “letters of termination of residency training” be given to all the resident doctors.
Mr. Awute said the directive was based on an order by President Goodluck Jonathan.
On Thursday evening, the health ministry released a public statement defending the president’s action.
According to a statement by the Deputy Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Health, Isiaka Yusuf, the directive was without prejudice to any emergency measure that may be necessary for the hospital management to immediately restore full medical services. Mr. Yusuf said that the sack came after successive attempts by the Federal Government to reach a consensus with striking doctors under the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA. He noted that despite successive intervention meetings, the NMA had gone ahead with its protracted strike action. He said the strike had brought pain to Nigerians in dire need of medical attention.
The doctors affected are to receive one month salary and allowances. They are also expected to return all hospital property in their possession with immediate effect.
However, the President, Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, Jubril Abdullahi said that the president’s decision to dismiss the doctors was illegal. He said in the light of the ongoing strike, it was evident that the Nigerian government was not ready for dialogue.
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