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Lagos Medical Workers To Stop Healthcare Services Over Unmet Demands

Members of the Medical Guild, Lagos, may be set for an industrial action as they insist that their demands from the state government are yet to be met.

In a statement on Thursday, the group said after extending their ultimatum for the Lagos State government to meet their requests, nothing has been done yet.

While a vast majority are being owed allowances for months, their accommodation and feeding have also been withdrawn.

In the statement, the Lagos Medical Guild said; “Medical and Dental Doctors in the employment of Lagos State GOVT appear poised for a shut down of all Healthcare services in the state starting from 8am on Monday, 13th July 2020.
Except if the GOVT resolve lingering issues as previously stated in their demands.

“Despite the extension of the ultimatum, no meaningful action was taken by GOVT to prevent the unnecessary hardship on Lagosians. What else can we possibly do?” it said in a statement.

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Below are the demands from Lagos Medical Guild to the Lagos State government;

1. Lagos State COVID 19 response issues that affect our members with non inclusion of the Guild in the activities by the government which includes the followings:

i. Allowances for those in isolation centres.

ii. Prompt testing of HCWs and Patients in the hospitals/health centres

iii. Availability of PPEs

iv. Protocols on the COVID 19 response in the hospitals/health centres.

2. Minimum wage disparity / FG’s MOU with healthcare workers national association s/unions.

3. Shortage of Doctors in the State.

4. Non implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act in the state residency training hospitals

The group said when it listed its demands on the 21st of June that “despite having several meetings in the last two weeks with the Secretary to the State Government, Head of Service, Honorable Commissioner for Health, and Permanent Secretaries of Health, HSC, PHCB, Estab. and Public Service Office, the Representative Council felt the government has not demonstrated enough commitment towards the issues raised and as such made the following resolutions.”