Public Health Care Delivery faces Total Shut Down as Federal Health Workers give notice of Indefinite Strike

As health care services in Lagos state-owned hospitals take a nose dive with hospitals being shut down over the ongoing indefinite strike, the situation might become even worse as Federal Hospitals not just in Lagos, but the entire country might embark on a nationwide indefinite strike from Monday 7th May, 2012.

Yesterday, members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) announced that if the Federal Government fails to meet their demands, they will embark on a nationwide indefinite strike. Their demands include consultancy and specialist allowance, call shift and other professional allowances, implementation of 2008 Job Evaluation Committee report, re-constitution of Boards of management of teaching and other tertiary hospitals and appointment of ministers of health.

In a letter signed by the acting secretary of the union, Comrade Yusuf Badmus, he noted that members of JOHESU decided to embark on the indefinite strike after it met with its members to deliberate on issues bothering on welfare of members, restructuring of the health sector, National Health Bill and the state of the nation.

The letter entitled “Notice of 15 Days Final Ultimatum” was addressed to the Federal Ministry of Health. Other demands noted were non-skipping of consolidated health salary skill, CONHESS 10; National Health Bill; Presidential committee report on harmony in the health sector and promotion of health professionals from CONHESS 14 to 15.

With state hospitals already on strike, this notice by the staff union of the Federal Hospitals further dampens the state of health care delivery across the country.

It is our urgent plea to the Lagos state government and the Federal government to intervene on the issues raised by the unions and find lasting solutions to their grievances. The situation should not be left to deteriorate even further.

News Source: Vanguard News

13 Comments on Public Health Care Delivery faces Total Shut Down as Federal Health Workers give notice of Indefinite Strike
  • dami May 4, 2012 at 8:58 am

    BN, I’m sure you meant 7th May not 7th April

  • Omolola May 4, 2012 at 9:03 am

    *sigh*

  • Oye May 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

    BN, there’s an error in the date d strike is to start…you wrote 7th April, guess u wanted to write 7th May….anyway God help Nigeria…bcos i dont know wat else to say sef

  • Elegantmiss May 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Total stupidity – where is the human compassion – the role of a doctor is more than a salary or personal views about the government. Nigeria as a country lacks SOUL .

  • faith May 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Wicked Govt…Dats all I av τ̅☺ say!

  • Laila Ikeji May 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Wahala dey oo. Lagos State government had tried recruiting new doctors to replace the striking one and i was asking – was that the solution to the problem? now that all federal hospitals plan to go on strike, who will they now employ to replace them?

  • tee May 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    people who say doctors aren supposed to go on strike make me laugh. so i dont buy fuel at 97 naira shey? or i dont cook food, or buy water or pay nepa bills or buy clothes or do anything that other people do?
    the problem is YOUR govt, not the doctors. doctors are as much victims as the masses are. please dont insult us.
    thank you

  • zeke May 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    doctors are not going on strike. its other health workers.

  • zeke May 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    doctors are not going on strike. its other health workers that are going on strike.

  • Adedeji Ayotunde May 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Don’t u know what d ministers, governors, senate, house of assembly and other politicial are looting in this country, and u said people should not fight for right. God will deal with our politician in Jesus Name.

  • bee May 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Well said @tee. Its already enough that Doctors sacrifice their live to keep peoples body and soul together; therefore, they deserve to be paid accordingly. Your sick and corrupt government just wants to take advantage of the fact that they took the hippocratic oath, so no matter how much their salaries suffer, they’ll still work (so the govt thinks). All this people opening their mouth to talk crap, if you worked the way doctors worked (Day and Night), will you settle for a salary that was less than what you deserved. Coming here to talk crap, mstcheeeeew. Shutup your mouth jare and don’t come here to talk nonsense.
    If you want to be treated, go to a private hospital, where they are paid accordingly or meet your stealing government. No one works for free in life.
    And no, i’m not heartless, i’m being realistic.

  • bhee May 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    tee, well said. someone above said ‘where is compassion’… i also laughed.
    Tru compassion calls for a strike. These docs are working with equipments form the 70s. that cant do crap. No resources and patients keep dieing on their watch. Now, a doc should be doing ur surgery knowing that he has no money for his daughter to go to school tomorrow or he is not sure how to properly feed his family….compassion my ass.
    ridiculous country, politicians kids know nothing about life. Other hard working people know nothing about fruit of labor cos they never get to see it.

  • Ebene May 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Other health profesionals are going 4 strike and not doctors.The flagrant disobedient 2 laws and agrement shd be fought 2 a logical conclusion once and 4 all

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