Nationwide strike looms in federal, state hospitals
Written by Morenike Adebayo on June 29, 2016
The Nigerian Union of Allied Healthcare Professionals, on Tuesday, ended its seven-day warning strike with a warning that a nationwide strike would commence if the Federal Government fails to accede to the demands of the union.
National president of the union, Dr Obinna Ogbonna, who addressed the press at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, said the union is still awaiting the government’s circular to implement an agreement on the adjusted salary of all health professionals, as it had been done for members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
Among the demands of the union, yet to be met by the Federal Government are payment of arrears on skipping of CONHESS-ten since 2010 in compliance with a court judgment, promotion of some NUAHP members from CONHESS-fourteen to fifteen and appointment of members as Chief Medical Directors of various tertiary hospitals as against permanent ceding of the position to members of NMA alone.
The body also alleged that some departments of government hospitals are being privatized, adding that it would take healthcare services away from the reach of common man.