Strike action embarked upon by medical personnel at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital Complex (LAUTECH), Osogbo, Osun State capital seems to have slipped out of hands, as doctors and nurses have threatened not to return to work until their demands are met.
It would be recalled that doctors and other hospital’s workers, under the aegis of Joint Action Committee (JAC) about three week ago, embarked on a strike action to press home their demands for improved welfare of workers.
The union protested against the delay in salary payment, non-payment of Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Structure (CONTISS) for staff members, a situation that compelled them to go on strike.
However, the hospital’s employees had called-off the strike action last week, the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) has vowed never to return to work.
The President of the association, Dr. Mobolaji Olaoye said, on Sunday, that the strike action would continue, until all demands are met.
Among their grievances, he said, is the failure of the management to pay doctors 15 months monetized salary structure.
Olaoye further stated that the workers were being owed a six months CONTISS, adding that 500 per cent tax deduction is being made from ARD members’ salaries.
According to him, until the outrageous deductions are stopped, and other demands are met, ARD members would continue on the strike action.
He said: “Teaching Hospitals are referral centres meant to teach excellence in medical practice. No hospital could have everything, but our teaching hospitals must combine adequate staffing and welfare with infrastructure management.
“When a doctor overworks himself and his salary is not paid at the appropriate time, how can such doctor perform as expected of him? We need to get the right mix in the way we manage our hospitals”, Olaoye stated.
However, an on-the-spot assessment by OSUN DEFENDER at the LAUTECH hospital premises on Monday showed that the doctors actually stood by their decision never to return to work until their demands are met no doctors were not sighted at the hospital premises.
Investigation has therefore revealed that relatives, who have patients in the hospitals have been moving out their sick ones from the hospital.