The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) chapter of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) have embarked on an indefinite strike.
According to President of the association, Dr. Ramon Moronkola, "the purpose of the strike is not to punish the patients, but to press home some legitimate demands."
He added that the association was compelled to embark on the strike after several appeals to the management of the institution yielded no positive response.
He however said consultants and some health workers were still attending to patients, but the association needed to send out a message because they were tired of giving haphazard services to the public.
"Some individuals are running this institution any how they like; they would not do this were it to be their private practices.We have bent backwards severally to ensure that we continue service delivery, however, when the person at the helm of affairs thinks that we are wasting our time, then the public should task them."
Moronkola said the group was demanding for good working conditions which include making the environment conducive, as well as the implementation of the ‘skipping’ structure as directed by the Federal Government.
He said there have been several instances where doctors have been harassed by patients’ relatives for non-delivery or delayed delivery of some services without knowing it is an institutional problem.
“Doctors have been stagnated for years; and on the skipping, since the 2013 directives by the Federal Government, the management of LUTH has refused to obey" he said.
Lamenting the infrastructural and personnel situation in the hospital, Moronkola called on the government in investigate things rather than allow the hospital be at the mercy of some individuals.
Meanwhile LUTH’s Acting Chief Medical Director, Prof. Chris Bode, reacting to news of the strike said every industrial action had its pros and cons.
He, however, noted that strikes were not the best ways to resolve challenges, especially when they had become incessant. He appealed to the group to be patient as the new administration would sort out many issues once they are fully settled.