25th May, 2012
South west doctors will also go on strike on Tuesday to compel the Lagos State Government to recall the sacked 788 doctors back to work in Lagos.
Chairman, Lagos State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Edamisan Temiye disclosed to P.M.NEWS today.
He said the Southwest doctors decided to join the strike because of the recalcitrant attitude of the state government to recall the sacked doctors back to work.
Temiye said the government had continued to maintain a stand that did not allow “us to negotiate well. When your workers protest, you look into it.”
He stated that the hospitals in Lagos State had been grounded ever since the government decided to sack the doctors, saying that the story of recruitment of new doctors was all a fluke and propaganda.
The NMA chairman added that some of the doctors who wanted to work with the government had stayed away as a result of the NMA’s warning.
According to him, the medical profession is not one that “you just get new doctors who just finished service and recruit them.
“Medical practice is aprehentiship; medicine is an involving profession, you learn on the job from the experienced doctors.”
The Lagos State Government had recently 788 doctors under its eemploy for embarking on strike and refusing to answer the queries issued to them.
The sacked doctors, under the aegis of Medical Guild had gone to court to challenge the government’s decision to sack them.
Also, federal doctors in Lagos State have already joined the solidarity strike to persuade the government to recall the sacked doctors.