Doctors begin warning strike in UCH.
Following a decision taken at a congress on Tuesday afternoon, the Chairman of the University College Hospital (UCH), Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Dr. Lukman Ogunjinmi has said that resident doctors at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan started a five-day warning strike, yesterday over alleged short-payment in their salaries and allowances.
The bone of contention is the ‘skipping,’ which has to do with increased salary for resident doctors.
Ogunjimi, however, said that doctors were on duty at the Intensive Care Unit, Special Care Unit for neonatal and the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital, so that medical activities would not be crippled totally and added that the strike will not affect candidates sitting for the West African College of Physicians examination. But, UCH CMD, Prof. Temitope Alonge, who said the Federal Government was yet to release allocation for increased salary being agitated for by the resident doctors said the ARD submitted the letter of ultimatum11:00pm on Tuesday and gave nine hours notice of the strike, which elapsed by 8:00am on Wednesday. He, however, acknowledged that the ARD had once written a letter to him at 8:00 pm and he replied their letter two hours after and said he was surprised that a labor union could give an overnight nine-hour ultimatum before declaring a strike.