Strike: NARD Slams Council Over Threat Against House Doctors

Written by on August 4, 2021

The National Association of Resident Doctors has said that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) does not have the legal right to bar ”House Officers” from joining the strike.

This is contained in a statement signed by NARD National President, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi and Dr Jerry Isogun, Secretary in Awka on Wednesday August 4, 2021.

They dismissed the threat by the MDCN that House Officers who joined the ongoing nationwide strike would be sacked or made to repeat their internship.

They described the threat as an expensive joke and imagination of one man.

A source reports that Dr T.A.B Sanusi, Registrar of MDCN in a statement titled: “Press Release On Professional Ethics For House Officers,” said that house officers who embarked on strike will be reposted with no pay.

“Embarking on strike actions by House Officers will lead to repeat of the posting(s) afresh without remuneration.

“House officers are therefore advised to avoid participation in activities like industrial actions that could lead to interruption in their postings,” he stated.

But NARD urged the MDCN to stick to its limit of influence as contained in the Act establishing it and avoid dabbling into union matters that were beyond its purview.

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