We Are Embarrassed By Resident Doctors’ Industrial Action – NMA

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Following the three-day nationwide warning strike embarked on by National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, which has now entered its second day, the national body of medical doctors,
Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, yesterday warned that it would not withhold sanctions on any erring affiliate body or individual member for violating the extant laws/constitutional provisions of the association.

In a statement by the National President, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, the association said its seven affiliate bodies, including NARD, were at liberty to pursue their aspirations without trepidation.

However, it said NMA would not also fail to sanction any affiliate body or individual member for bringing the association/medical profession to public disrepute, or for the blatant disregard for its fundamental principles, values and her mandate to protect the health of Nigerians.

Enabulele who regretted the ongoing 3 – day warning strike embarked upon by members of National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, recalled that the association during its 1st National Health Summit held in Asaba in January, resolved without equivocation to banish the evils of embarking on strikes at the slightest provocation without allowing for exploration of constructive and peaceful means for dispute resolution.

He therefore advised the leadership of NARD to consider all appeals from various quarters to call off the strike to allow for a well articulated, constructive and mature engagement with the relevant offices of government.

Enabulele posited that NMA has enough internal mechanisms that are available for exhaustive exploration by affiliate bodies and all her members.

“NMA having reviewed the issues of dispute and having initiated measures to correct the perceived anomalies with verifiable positive outcomes is embarrassed by this industrial action.”

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