FG Adopts ‘No Work, No Pay’ Policy On Striking Doctors

The federal government has instructed medical leaders in government hospital to enforce a “no work, no pay” policy toward striking members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
Additionally, these hospitals are required by the health authorities to keep an attendance register for any resident doctor who want to continue working.
The Director of Hospital Services, Dr. Andrew Noah, issued the order in a letter dated August 1, 2023.
Recall that on July 26, 2023, resident doctors began an indefinite strike after giving the administration a two-week deadline to accede to their demands.
The doctors are demanding the implementation of the one-for-one replacement policy for healthcare workers; the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria to discontinue the downgrading of the membership certificate issued by the West African Postgraduate Medical and Surgical Colleges; the immediate payment of all salary arrears; the implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure; a new hazard allowance; and the domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act; among others.
The government, in the letter, accused the striking of being insensitive.
The letter read, “The various conciliatory meetings by the Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment with government stakeholders, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and the National Assembly have proved abortive.
“I am directed to inform you that the Federal Ministry of Health has instituted the policy of ‘No work, No Pay’ against the striking resident doctors in line with circular Ref. No.58598/8.1/II/182 dated June 22, 2016.
“I am further directed to request you to maintain an attendance register for all residents willing to work and furnish the ministry of such name on a monthly basis.”
The Secretary General of NARD, Dr Kelechi Chikezie in his reaction to the decision of the Federal Government said the directive was not unexpected.
Chikezie said, “We have seen the letter and we will meet as leaders of NARD to take a position on that.
“But that policy is not new to us, and we would not say we were not expecting it. However, the position of NARD will meet and take a position on it.”
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