The Federal Government has been given a 15-day ultimatum to implement outstanding agreements it entered into health workers or face total shutdown of the health sector.
The health workers vowed to down tools indefinitely if government fails to release the circulars that would back the negotiated issues.
The health workers made their grievances known yesterday in Abuja under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and the Assembly of Health Professionals Association.
It would be recalled that the FG through the Ministry of Health entered into an agreement with JOHESU on May 10, 2012, over five important issues.
The areas of grievances include the reconstitution of the boards of tertiary health institutions; promotion of its members from CONHESS 14 to 15 as directors; increase in retirement age from 60 to 65 years; implementation of the 2008 job evaluation report; implementation of the Abdullahi Bello Presidential Committee Report on Harmony in the Health sector.
The workers berated the Federal Government for reneging on its agreement just to appease the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
JOHESU noted that NMA had threatened to embark on strike, if the government honoured some of its (JOHESU’s) demands.
Mr. Felix Faniran, the National President of Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), who spoke yesterday on behalf of the groups, said the unions had been negotiating with government over the issues, adding that the government reneged following the threat by NMA.