The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos Branch of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) is to resume its strike on June 2, the association announced in Lagos yesterday.
The President of the association, Dr. Omojowolo Olubunmi, said in a statement that the resolution to resume strike was reached at an emergency general meeting of the association, held on May 28, according to a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report.
“Rising from the emergency general meeting, the association unanimously agreed to resume our suspended industrial action and embark on an indefinite strike, commencing on Monday, June 2, by 8 a.m.” He said the strike was due to a lack of progress in negotiations and deliberations with the hospital’s management on the issues raised in the three-day warning strike in April.
NAN recalls that the association, embarked on a three-day warning strike in April, issuing a 21-day ultimatum to the management of LUTH. “The ultimatum elapsed on April 29, without signs of a strike because doctors and LUTH management were still in talks which have since broken down. We have found ourselves left with no other choice.”
Olubunmi said the doctors had 12-point contention, including: “the astronomical increase in hospital charges, which have increased the number of avoidable deaths and affected the training of resident doctors.