A TWO-month-old industrial action by Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH) Chapter has been called off.
A release issued in Awka yesterday, by President of the association, Dr Obinna Aniagboso and its Secretary, Dr. Chidiebele Egolum directed their members who had downed tools to resume work today.
According to the release, the strike action was called off in good faith due to the understanding the association had reached with the state government and COOUTH, explaining that the action was embarked to improve the standard of clinical services.
“We noted the request of His Excellency (Gov. Willie) Obiano for ARD to suspend our strike in order to give government a little time to complete the ongoing personnel audit and financial analysis. We also took cognisance of the resolution of the NMA leadership and elders meeting which advised ARD to suspend the strike for one month along with the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN).
We considered the plight of our teeming patients who have become stranded and deprived of quality care throughout our protracted industrial action. We also accepted the concessions made by management on internal issues bordering on conditions of service and withheld remuneration, and intend to cooperate to ensure its full implementation.
Considering the foregoing, the general congress passed a resolution to suspend its industrial action for one month and to resume work on Thursday, 17th July 2019, by 8am,” the release read.
It will be recalled that resident doctors in COOUTH had on May 13downed tools to press for full implementation of an agreement it reached on honour with Anambra State Government on CONMESS for doctors and the upgrading of diagnostic facilities, before being joined by Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN). But Gov. Obiano responded by doing all in his powers to call the striking doctors back to work.