Lagos State News – Fresh Strike Grounds Healthcare In Lagos
The strike embarked upon by doctors in the Lagos State Government employ entered another phase as their counterparts in Federal Government-owned hospitals in the state commenced solidarity strike yesterday.
This is coming after alleged several attempts by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to mediate in the impasse between the Lagos State Government and its doctors met a deadlock.
Doctors in the Lagos State employ had embarked on an indefinite strike to protest alleged poor implementation of Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) and force the state government to withdraw queries issued to them for embarking on a three-day warning strike in April.
In response, the Lagos State Government sacked 788 of the doctors for violating civil service rule of refusing to answer the queries and facing administrative panel set up to look into the matter.
But on Thursday, the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) informed the media that doctors in federal government hospitals in the state would be embarking on indefinite strike yesterday in solidarity with their sacked colleagues.
Affected by the fresh strike are the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba; the Federal Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi; the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba and the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta.
When The Guardian visited the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) yesterday, doctors were said to have embarked on strike.