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Your Demands Are “Simply Impossible”: Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola says to Striking Doctors

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If the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola’s comment regarding the ongoing doctors’ strike in the state is anything to go by, then the strike may go on longer than expected.

Doctors in Lagos state have been on an indefinite strike since April 25, 2012, shutting down activities at state owned hospitals. This is to press home their demand for payment of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, CONMESS.

The doctors earlier went on a three-day warning strike between April 11th to 13th to press home the same demands and resorted to an indefinite strike when those demands were not met.

The doctors remain unyielding in their stance and have refused to go back to work until the demands are met. The strike, which is already one week old is having negative consequences on residents as most of the people have been unable to get access to affordable and quality health care.

There has been no news of negotiations between the doctors and the state government, but rather, a plan by the Lagos state government to recruit new doctors to replace the striking ones as revealed by the Chairman, Lagos State Medical Advisory Committee to the State Governor, Dr. Ore Falomo recently.

In a new development, Vanguard news reports that Babatunde Fashola has described the doctors demands as “impossible”.

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, appealed to the striking doctors in the state to return to work, insisting that their demands were “simply impossible.”

He reminded them that money may come and go but “live lost cannot be replaced.”

The governor also implored the doctors to return to work if only for the sake of residents, especially the sick ones whose lives are at risk due to the strike.

Fashola, who made the remarks at the commemoration of his administration’s 1,800 days in office, in Ikeja, said he would not interfere in local governments’ administration in the state the same way he would not want the president to interfere in his administration.

The governor, however, disclosed plans in the short-term to build Primary Health Centres, PHCs, in collaboration with the councils that would deliver 24 hours services to the residents of Lagos. Both governments are committed to this project. Both governments have also jointly committed itself to a reliable primary education.”

The doctors seem unperturbed in their resolve to get their demands met before they return to work. They have resolved to continue with the strike until CONMESS is fully applied as their salary structure. And here is the state governor saying their demands are impossible.

Who will then budge at the end of the day? The doctors or the state government?

In this fight between the two parties, it’s the patients that eventually suffer the resulting consequences.

News Source: Vanguard News

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

10 Comments

  1. Gidi

    May 3, 2012 at 7:52 am

    BN, i think it is about time we get the full details of this strike so we the readers can make an informed choice. How about getting the head or spokesman of whatever body is leading the strike to state their grievances holistically. I find it difficult to understand BRF’s argument because i have read elsewhere that the doctors are striking against agreements that are not being upheld by the govt. If there are agreements that have not been kept to then the word impossible is misplaced in this case. What was the govt doing when it agreed to these terms?
    If it is fresh demands that the govt is claiming is impossible, then they may have a right to sack the striking doctors and recruit those who are willing to receive what the govt is willing to pay. That is what capitalism is all about.
    All this talk of dying patients as bad as it sounds is a broken record and cannot be used to wipe up lousy sentiments when agreements and contracts are being broken,if that is the case. BRF is a lawyer and should know better. If you can’t take a govt at its word after shaking hands on an agreement then all hope is lost.

  2. Turner

    May 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I am appealing to both parties 2 quickly resolve this issue on time bcos the lives of the patients are on the line

  3. Ngozi

    May 3, 2012 at 9:07 am

    HA!! THIS ISN’T FUNNY O!!

  4. awizzle

    May 3, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Both parties should be more open on demands, the governor should let us know why and how their demands are impossible.. This is health and these are the guys that make it happen, they should be well paid, this is a democracy not a totalitarian government. Where the governor will refuse dialogue instead put plans in place to replace the doctors! Both office swore oaths to protect and serve the people, the doctors took it by choice, governor Fashola u were elected by these people.. Your strong head is what is killing them! Rethink please innocent folks are dying

  5. Bigandwilde

    May 3, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Gidi has said it all.

  6. OMOBOLA

    May 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Pls let Govr fashola reduce the expenses on polics and politician especially the one for his godfather and pay the striking doctors, there was an agreement, why are you now changing your word. Is there no constitution guiding the CONMESS? Jonathan signed and passed the minimum wage into law last year April, is there no constitution guiding this? Nonetheless, Lagos state is a very rich state, what they are earning is far above what they ar giving back to the masses

  7. FinancialReturnOnInvestment

    May 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    this CON is such a big MESS!!!

  8. Turayo

    May 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    BellaNaija, is there any way you guys can get the side of the doctors as Gidi suggested. I am siding with the doctors here based on what I have read so far (which has been in the favor of the Lagos Government). We would really appreciate a statement from whomever is representing the doctors so we know their grievances.

    Being a doctor is no easy task and when it comes time to pay up, it is sad when the government defaults.

  9. iamfascinating

    May 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    still, pls sort it out.

  10. popoola

    May 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    wot r u ppl talking abt?dy v a lawyer as d governor.4 him to sack dm he has every right to do dat which means constitution is dr 4 him as backup.he sackd dm anoda set of doctors obtaind it.so wot r we talkin abt.its high time dat doctors should knw dat dy r nt d only 1 in ds world we v anoda sectors n ppl r nt recognisin dm.

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