…Hospital Gets 21 Day Ultimatum To Reverse Decision
From Austine Tule, Makurdi
About 30 medical doctors who hitheto worked at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital have been sacked in the wake of the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.
The Doctors are worried that while measures are at a peak towards seen that the dreaded epidemic is curtailed, one of which is re-calling retired medical experts from retirement, the hospital was empacking on the sack
President, Association of Resident Doctors, Benue State University Teaching Hospital Branch, Dr.Onyewuchi Amina Japheth vented the Association’s displasure over the development in a press statetment he personally signed, a copy of which was made available to The AUTHORITY in Makurdi Monday.
It said the doctors have issued a 21 day ultimatum to the management of the Hospital to reverse the decission, failure of which it threatened to it will emaback on an idefinate strike.
” The world is at a standstill today as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.World over, countries are putting together measures to ensure that they are ready to fight the pandemic .
” Due to the way the disease is transmitted, people are advised to stay at home. Government’s have shut down public places, markets , offices and schools in order to curtail the virus.
” On the other hand, while everywhere is being shut down, hospitals have remained open and health workers mobilized to take care for the sick people during this period. Due to the seriousness of the situation, retired doctors have been forced out of retirement to return to work , to save humanity”.
The Doctors said it was unfortunate that while such measures were being taking in other climes, the managmemt of the Benue State University Teaching Hospital would rather resort to sacking Medical doctors, most whom it noted were her best hands.
It noted that the sack violated the law regulating the service of resident Doctors in Nigeria, adding the action amounted to a great disservice to the suffering people of Benue State.
According to the statement” The training of resident Doctors in Nigeria is regulated by the 2017 medical residency act( MRTA) which is very explicit of how a doctor should enter and leave residency training.
” The act allows resident Doctors to train and pass all exams over an eight and half to nine year period as against the six years that the management of Benue State University Teaching Hospital wants to impose on resident Doctors here.”
It noted with sadness that the management never took into account the period when some of her departments were not accredited and resident Doctors were not able to go for such exmams, stressing it was evil that all the management could do was to factor the lost period into their purported six year residency program.