LUTH 10 doctors injured after clash with security men (VIDEO)

The doctors were reportedly injured when they attempted to retake their secretariat from the security officials stationed there by the management of LUTH.

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A clash between security men and doctors at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has allegedly left 10 medical personnel injured.

The victims are members of the the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in LUTH, president of the association, Adebayo Sekunmade said during a press brifeing on Wednesday, May 31.

Sekunmade said the doctors were injured when they attempted to take over their secretariat from the security officials stationed there by the management of LUTH.

He said the security men locked up the secretariat on Tuesday, May 29 on the orders of the management.

"We decided to monitor developments around the secretariat after the incident. On Wednesday morning, we saw the security men loading our belongings from there into a waiting bus," he said.

"When we confronted them, they said that they were directed to lock up the secretariat by the management of LUTH.

"We went to the chief medical director’s office for dialogue but he refused to attend to us. He, however, directed us to the chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of LUTH."

Sekunmade said the CMAC, Olufemi Fasanmade, told them that the management was retrieving the secretariat from the association.

He said he asked Fasanmade to show a court order to justify his action but he could not present it.

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But when contacted,  the CMAC told journalists that the teaching hospital management said ARD had written a letter six months ago, asking it to vacate the building serving as its secretariat.

"Nine days ago; we gave them another letter as a reminder to leave the building but they refused, and we decided to lock up the place," he said.

Fasanmade said it shouldn't be difficult for the association to vacate the building given that it would still retain six within the hospital complex.

He said that the management wanted to use it for an important purpose.

He added that "the doctors wanted to forcefully enter the building on Wednesday’s morning and LUTH’s security men had to disallow them."

"We had to invite some police officers from the Ilasamaja and Bode Thomas Police Stations to secure the building and other LUTH’s belongings.

"Some of the injured security officials are in the hospital wards receiving treatment."

A twitter user, @ib_rave posted a video of the clash on the microblogging site.