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JUST IN: Doctors suspend 3days warning strike in Lagos

By Idowu Abdullahi,

Following days of negotiation, medical doctors in Lagos State have called off its three days warning strike which they had embarked on to protest what they described as wage disparity between the federal and state government’s doctors.

It was gathered that the decision of medical doctors, under the aegis of the Medical Guild in Lagos, to suspend the warning strike was to allow time for proper engagement with the government and other relevant authorities.

The Guild earlier reported that the medical doctors commenced a three-day warning strike on Monday, exempting members working in the state’s COVID-19 isolation centers over government delay to implement safety and welfare measures for health workers. 

However, the Chairman, Medical Guild Representative Council, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo, who confirmed the development said the doctors have agreed to resume back to work on Thursday.

Sodipo, through a statement containing the body’s resolution released to newsmen on Wednesday evening, said the doctors’ decision came after the body held a virtual meeting with stakeholders including the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Oba of Lagos, HRM Oba Rilwan Akinolu, amongst others.

“The 3 days warning strike should be suspended and work resume by 8 am on Thursday 16th July 2020. The officers’ committee should continue to engage relevant government agencies on all the issues that precipitated the strike action.

“The officers’ committee should call for congress to update on the progress of negotiations. The government should demonstrate sincerity and commitment during the negotiation in order to avert unnecessary and preventable crisis in the health sector of Lagos state,” the doctors’ resolution read.

 

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