Following the Federal Government’s refusal to accede to its requests, the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors issued a five-day warning strike.
The strike, according to the resident doctors, would start at 8 am on May 17 and terminate at 8 am on May 22.
This was the conclusion reached following the virtual, six and a half-hour long National Executive Council meeting on Monday.
On April 29, 2023, NARD gave the Federal Government a two-week deadline to comply with its requests or risk industrial unrest.
The ultimatum ended on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
The doctors are demanding an immediate increment in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure to the tune of 200 per cent of the current gross salaries of doctors.
The doctors also want the immediate withdrawal of the bill seeking to compel medical and dental graduates to render five-year compulsory services in Nigeria before being granted full licences to practise.
They also want the immediate implementation of CONMESS, domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act, and review of hazard allowance by all the state governments as well as private tertiary health institutions where any form of residency training is done; among others.
The President of NARD, Dr Emeka Orji told The Punch that the strike was total, involving both emergency and clinical operations in the hospitals.
Dr. Orji said despite the ultimatum issued to the government which ended on May 13, the government did not negotiate with the doctors regarding their demands.