NMA Says Reinstatement Of 34 Doctors Is A Mere Propaganda
Says Reinstatement Of 34 Doctors Is A Mere Propaganda .LAGOS — The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, yesterday, condemned the purported Reinstatement of 34 sacked Doctors by the state government, saying, it is Mere ”government propaganda.”
The Doctors are also demanding immediate resolution of the crisis to prevent further escalation of the crisis.
At a press conference in Lagos to review the on-going face-off between the state government and the Medical Guild, the state Chairman of the NMA, Dr Edamisan Temiye, said the alleged reinstated Doctors were not among the initially sacked Doctors as some were on leave and others on study leave when the lingering crisis erupted.
“We have it on good authority that these Doctors were neither sacked nor queried,“ he said.
Temiye who further accused the state government of being unwilling to end the crisis, noted that every effort to mediate in the matter had ended in deadlock.
He said: “The governor is not ready to act. Is it possible for the Head of Service and the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Board to sack all its consultants without his approval?
“Is it possible to sack two thirds of a group of professionals without the governor’s approval? If the answer is no, then the governor has deceived all Lagosians and if the governor does not have power over people that he has selected to work for him then it is very sad.”
On the way forward, Temiye who said the indefinite solidarity strike had not been suspended called on the governor to act in his capacity as the governor to bring the current crisis to an end without delay.
According to him, the governor should realise that further escalation of the crisis was undesirable and urged him to consider all the suggestions that had been put before him to end the crisis.
He further said NMA would be convening a national emergency meeting on June 2 to chart the way forward.
In a chat with journalists after the press briefing, chairman of the Lagos State Medical Guild, Dr Olumuyiwa Odusote, who confirmed the Reinstatement of 34 doctors, however, said: “Many of the 34 Doctors have called us and we told them that whether you are on leave or resuming your leave and your association is on strike, and NMA has called the strike, you must join.
“The Medical Guild was on strike before most of us were sacked and that strike to my understanding has not been called off”
Odusote who queried the purported Reinstatement of the Doctors said: “What are 34 Doctors compared to 788 doctors?
The chairman who apparently suspected sell-out by some of the doctors, said: “In every 12 disciples there is supposed to be a Judas and that number (34) is 0.5 of 12.”
“Even some of those doctors, when they realise what they have done with their names, they are going to speak out. Let us keep on monitoring the hospitals and see what will happen. And let us see how many of these people will go back to those hospitals. I can guarantee you. You can’t get up to 10 Doctors back in those hospitals.
On the query, he said: My letter of employment Says I am employee of Lagos State government and i am being paid by Lagos State government and not by Lagos State Health Service Commission, so for Governor Fashola to now develop amnesia and saying that Health Service Commission is now my employer, I think it is a selective amnesia and forgets that he pays my salary.”
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