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Striking doctors reject court ruling on work resumption

Medical doctors, under the umbrella of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has faulted the ruling of the National Industrial Court (NIC) directing its members to resume to their duty post and end its ongoing industrial action nationwide.

The doctors argued that the ruling was allegedly discriminatory to the plights of medical professionals, particularly their welfare which determines their motivation to be productive while on official assignments, adding that irrespective of the situation, they have rights to demand fairly.

The professionals, through a communique jointly signed by NARD President, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, and the union’s Secretary-General, Dr Jerry Isogun, on Friday, noted that they association have begun the process to appeal the ruling.

“As we are all aware, especially those that were present in court today (Friday), the NIC has given a ruling on the application for interlocutory injunction filed by the Federal Government. We are not satisfied with the ruling.

“After consultations with our lawyers, we have instructed our lawyers to appeal the ruling and file an application for stay of execution,” the communique read in part.

Earlier today, the court had ordered resident doctors to suspend the ongoing industrial action and return back to their duty post pending the determination of the substantive suit.

Aside from ordering the doctors to suspend the protracted strike, the court also directed the doctors and Federal Government, including other concerned parties to return to the negotiating table.

The presiding judge, Justice Bashar Alkali, while delivering his judgement on an application by the Federal Government on Friday, held that there was no amount of money that would compensate for the loss of lives while the doctors were away from their duty post.

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