Monday, 7 May 2012

Fashola Sack Striking Doctors

The Lagos State Government has sacked over 1000 doctors in its employ over the strike by the doctors clamouring for the full implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure(CONMESS).
Each of the doctors was served a dismissal letter dated Friday, 4 May, 2012.

In the letter, the Personnel Management Board(PMB), the disciplinary organ of government which met on 11-13 April 2012 established against the doctors a case of misconduct to wit absence from duty without leave or reasonable cause.

The PMB also established against the doctors, a case of insurbordination for failure to respond to lawful query issued to them.

The letter further reads: “The committee therefore recommend your dismissal from service in accordance with the provisions of the civil service rule No 04502, 04507 and 04508. The board has therefore approved your dismissal.

“Therefore you are to convey the possession of the properties of the state government in your custody to the Chief Medical Director(CMD)”.

The letter was signed by the CMD of LASUTH, Professor David Oke.
Responding to the sack notice, Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote described it as a confirmation of the government’s insensitivity and insincerity to resolve the issue on ground.

He said the Guild has taken its hands off the matter and has handed the case to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).

He condemned the State Government for its insincerity, saying that they called the doctors for a meeting on Saturday whereas they had signed their sack letters a day earlier.

He also flayed the House of Assembly for passing a vote of no confidence in a bid to resolve the issue.
“The meeting held on Saturday at the House of Assembly and they (House members) showed partisanship on the issue,” he said.

Odusote, however, said the doctors have no regrets for embarking on the strike, adding that the wages of doctors was nothing to write home about.

As at the time of filing this report, the affected doctors were having a meeting at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital( LUTH) with the NMA to determine the next line of action.

By Kazeem Ugbodaga - pm news


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