Doctors employed by the Lagos State Government have extended the 21-day strike ultimatum given to the state government over the non-payment of their July and August salaries. It would be recalled that the Medical Guild gave a 21-day ultimatum to the state government to resolve certain issues or face industrial action. The ultimatum lapsed on Sunday, January 18, 2015.
The Chairman of the Guild, Dr. Biyi Kufo, said the Guild had met with officials of the state government who had promised that the salaries that were withheld under the ‘no work, no pay’ policy of the government would be paid by the end of this month.
Kufo said, “The NMA and the Guild have met with officials of the state government who appealed that we should not withdraw our services and that the issues of withheld salaries will be revisited. “In the interest of the public whom we serve, the ultimatum has been extended by another four- week period. It is with the hope that the state government would use the time to address the issues and bring forth solutions. “We are also mindful of the fact that only doctors are rendering services in the hospitals as a result of the health workers’ strike. It is not our desire to engender a situation in which health services would be completely unavailable to members of the public.”