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UCH resident doctors defy no-work-no-pay directive

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University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan

The resident doctors at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, yesterday, defied the no-work-no-pay directive of the Federal Government.

A visit to the hospital showed that the resident doctors were not on ground, obeying the directive of their national body.

But other medical professionals were on duty.

President of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), UCH Branch, Dr. Temitope Hussain, who spoke with The Guardian, yesterday, said the directive was inconsequential.

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Hussain emphasised that what the resident doctors were asking for is more serious than the way the Federal Government is viewing it by threatening them.

He maintained that once the government honours the agreement reached with them, they would go back to work.

The NARD president, who said that all the threats were mere distractions, emphasised that demands of the doctors were within the power of the government only if it was willing to attend to them.

REACTING, the Public Relations Officer of UCH, Mr. Toye Akinrinlola, said the hospital would comply with all directives of the government.

He said: “It is a national strike. It doesn’t have local dimension. Strikes come often and it is the responsibility of the management to ensure that our services are open.

“Consultants are doing their work. They are trainers of resident doctors.

“As a responsible organisation, we would comply with the directive of the government.”

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