The Association of Resident Doctors(ARD), Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, has issued a 14-day ultimatum to management and Oyo State Government to correct all anomalies bedevilling the institution.ARD gave the ultimatum in a statement jointly signed by its President, Dr Abraham Akintola, and General Secretary, Dr Abubakar Usman, on Thursday in Ibadan.The association said it would have no option but to embark on strike if their demands were not met at the expiration of the ultimatum, which started on Thursday.Akintola said that the decision to issue a 14-day ultimatum to both the management and state government was reached at its ordinary general meeting held on June 9.“At the last Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of the association held on June 9, 2020, it was decided by the congress that enough is enough.“Congress, therefore, decided to give the hospital management and state 14-day ultimatum starting from June 11 to correct all anomalies bedeviling LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso once and for all.“The congress also resolved to down tools at the expiration of the ultimatum until such demands are met. A stitch in time can still saves nine,” he said.Akintola said the last straw on the teaching hospital’s camel was the negligence from the present administration, saying they are tired of being put at the back doors.
“The change of government in Oyo State was welcoming news to these health workers with the hope that this dispensation would sprinkle joy to the people of this institution.
“We embrace this with all eagerness. Our target was to meet His Excellency and to present our daunting challenges. We never got that opportunity.
“We engaged prominent members of this administration, including the deputy governor, secretary to the state government, Head of Service while many letters were delivered to the Oyo State House of Assembly leadership but all to no avail,” he said.
The ARD said that they had explored all the means they knew but it seems their neglect was deliberate.
“We will not stop to put the public into perspective in all our struggles and do hope this cycle ends for good soon.
“We want the state governor’s attention in the teaching hospital to stop the death knell spiral the hospital is spinning. Our agitations have not changed,” he said.
Gfhnews reports that among the doctors’ demands are improved salary scale of doctors to the corrected CONMESS which they claimed other health workers in the country have been enjoying since 2014.
Also listed are payment of new minimum wage to them as being enjoyed by other state workers since January 2020 and urgent payment of their two years half salary arrears for January 2016 to December 2017.
Others are installation, repair and maintenance of their sophisticated medical equipment for optimal service delivery, and employment of new staff as well as medical staff to lessen their burden.
The association had issued several statements to press home their demands both during the immediate past and present administrations.