Resident Doctors Strike Threaten the FG

Resident doctors strike will be recalled that on July 30, 2022, resident doctors gave the federal government a two-week deadline to fulfil all the agreements they had with the association, failing which they would go on an indefinite strike.

About the Resident Doctors Strike

The doctors are requesting the federal government to speed up the payment of the recently reviewed Medical Residency Training Fund.

However, their members can register for exams by the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria’s announced deadline.

The NARD is requesting the prompt payment of the consequential change of the minimum wage to members who have been denied since it was adopted several years ago, as well as the payment of the skipping arrears for the years 2014, 2015, and 2016 to worthy members.

The Demand and Salaries from the Resident Doctors

Other demands include, among others, the immediate review of the merged Medical Salary Structure and other related allowances considering the nation’s current economic situation.

Also, as well as the payment of doctors’ salaries who have accrued salary arrears in the states of Abia (26 months), Imo (10 months), Ondo (five months), Ekiti (three months), and Gombe (two months).

The NARD scribe stated the group was meeting with government representatives to address its concerns. 

However, the meeting was not a full round-table discussion with everyone present. We are meeting with representatives of the government to discuss how to resolve the problems before the deadline expires.

Why are Resident Doctors on Strike?

Medical professionals went on strike three times in 2020 alone in response to requests for compensation for treating COVID-19 patients and an increase in base pay. 

They gave several explanations, including the fact that their salary, and allowances were being paid late.

Is Residency Harder than Med School?

You must outperform your peers because clinical grades are frequently based on a curve that only a small portion of the class can achieve. 

In this way, residency is significantly less demanding than medical school. The pressure to perform better than your colleagues is significantly less during residency.

Why do Residents Work so Much?

The medical community has insisted that 30-hour shifts are beneficial for both patients and residents because they minimise.

Also, hand-offs between residents give residents the chance to examine patients’ clinical progress and the effects of treatment over an extended period.

What is the Longest Hospital Shift?

A recent survey of doctors has revealed concerning statistics about how long doctors are working at public hospitals. 

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) audit revealed that the longest continuous shift by a doctor had grown to 43 hours.

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