The Lagos State Government has sacked 788 doctors on its payroll over the strike since 16 April by the doctors to press for the full implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure(CONMESS).
Each of the doctors was served a dismissal letter dated Friday, 4 May, 2012.
The Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote confirmed that the striking doctors had been sacked.
He said that the state government had given all the doctors letters of termination of appointment for failing to reply the three letters of query and a letter of summons asking them to appear before the personnel management board on April 24.
Odusote, however, said the doctors have no regrets for embarking on the strike, adding that the wages of doctors was nothing to write home about.
“I just received the termination letters for doctors in LASUTH. Other doctors in other public hospitals have received the dismissed letters signed by the chief medical directors of their various state hospitals. It is actually dated the 4th of April, but they sent it to our secretariat on Monday morning. takes immediate effect. We are to vacate the premises immediately, even our secretariat.” Dr. Odusote said.
The letter, which was signed by Prof. David Oke, reads;
“This is to inform you that the Personnel Management Board (Disciplinary Committee) which held between Tuesday 24th and Thursday 25th April 2012, has established a case of misconduct and absence from duty without leave or reasonable case between Wednesday 11th and Friday 13th April 2012 against you.
“You are also guilty of insubordination for failing to respond to lawful queries issued to you. The committee therefore recommends your dismissal from service.
“In accordance with the provision of the civil service rule NOS/04502/04507/04508, the board has approved your dismissal. I, thereby convey your “DISMISSAL” from Lagos State service effective from Friday, 4th, 2012.
By this letter, you are hereby advised to hand over all government properties in your possession to the office of the Chief Medical Director immediately.”
Lagos State Government also announced the employment of 373 doctors for immediate deployment in the public hospitals while recruitment continues.
One of the newly inducted 373 doctors who spoke with a journalist at the Island Maternity Hospital on Monday, said that the state government had organised a seminar and training session for the fresh doctors and they had also been given letters of employment.
She said, “We have been given letters of employment and we are set to start this week. This seminar is just to brush us up on the conditions of service and other modes of operation in public service. We were told to sign letters of undertaking about administrative policies.
“I will get the letter of deployment today. I do not know which hospital I’m going to be posted yet. By the end of today, we should have received our letters of posting and deployment to various state hospitals.”
Various units of the Island Maternity Hospital were locked with padlocks on Monday. Police officers and other security officials were seen patrolling the area.
Another inductee who refused to disclose his name said the state government had taken security measures to prevent striking or aggrieved doctors from disrupting the induction process at the hospital.
He said, “We are over 200 doctors that are being inducted today. I came from Oyo. We were told not to fret or be threatened by the striking doctors as the policemen are supposed to prevent anybody from vandalising equipment in the hospitals and also stop aggrieved doctors who may want to disrupt the induction process which is a private affair.”