The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria has decried the non-payment of salaries of doctors and other workers at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Osun State.
The Chairman of MDCAN, LAUTECH branch, Dr. Kassim Adebayo, and secretary, Dr. Tokunbo Olajumoke, said this in a letter addressed to the State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, on Friday.
The letter was copied to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salam and the Head of Service, Mr. Sunday Owoeye.
The doctors frowned at the government’s announcement of April 13th directing LAUTECH workers to resume work immediately or lose their jobs if they failed to comply with the directive.
The MDCAN said members of the association were not on any strike now despite the salary issues but they said the threat to terminate the appointment of other hospital workers who were on strike was an act of insensitivity.
They argued that rather than ordering the striking workers to resume or be ready to lose their jobs since the state government had failed in its obligation, the government ought to have appealed to them.
The doctors stated that they had given the government an ultimatum and would not hesitate to obey the directive of the national body of the association at the expiration of the ultimatum.
The letter read, “Despite not declaring any strike, we condemn the non-payment of salaries of workers in the employment of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo in the last six months and the non-remittance of deductions from workers’ salaries even prior to the non-payment of salaries.
“We condemn in strong terms the threat on job of workers demanding for nothing extra than their legitimate wages being owed by the government. The directive forcing unpaid hospital staff to resume work may pose danger to effective delivery of health care services and will be detrimental to the health of the populace who are at the receiving end”.