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Doctors threaten to shut down LUTH over unpaid salaries

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Striking doctors at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) have threatened to shut the down activities, if the management fails to pay them their four months salaries.

The doctors, who embarked on an indefinite strike action in November, expressed concern at the inaction of the management.

President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), LUTH), Dr. Olawale Oba, told The Guardian that the hospital has not given the doctors any concrete information about the delay in their salaries.

He said going by the government’s “No work no pay” strategy, the doctors deserve their pay for working assiduously to save the lives of patients, in which most of the doctors have lost their lives, due to hunger and lack of money to take care of their health.

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He declared that doctors would not call off the strike until those salaries are paid, because workers have already exhausted what they had saved, even as some have borrowed extra.

“It is actually a gross injustice and insensitivity to do such thing to anybody, and we are very poised and courageous to continue with the strike. As soon as those monies are paid, the strike would be called off, but without that, the action will continue,” he stressed.

Oba said there are no skeletal services given to patients by doctors, as they are adamant on their strike action until the government meets their demand

He added: “Many patients here on emergency go to our sister hospitals for treatment. Not only are the patients at risk, the doctors health is also at risk, because they are just like other patients, who are not immune from anything.”

The Guardian also learnt that consultant doctors are the only set that are rendering services to patients, depending on the expiration of their two weeks ultimatum on December 14.

Chairman, MDCAN LUTH chapter, Dr. Babatunde Bamigboye, confirmed that the consultant doctors are rendering services pending the last day of the ultimatum.


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