The Association of Resident Doctors in Enugu state has commenced an indefinite strike action after accusing the Enugu State Government of failing to honour the agreement it had with the body on a new salary structure.
Vista.ng learnt that the decision to embark on the strike was cemented when the doctors April salaries came without the government implementing an earlier agreement it had reached with the association.
The state government had in a letter to Association of Resident Doctors ESUT-TH Parklane dated 26th March, 2020 approved the association’s minimum demand of being put at the same welfare scale with its counterparts at Federal Tertiary Health Institutions vis-à-vis 2019 Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) and proper entry points for doctors. This made the doctors to immediately call off an earlier strike since the government met some of their agitations in writing.
Consequent upon this, all resident doctors in Enugu State-owned ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane has now decided to suspend their services from Friday (today) morning.
Parklane Hospital as it is popularly known is the number one designated centre for COVID-19 related cases in the state but has suffered shortage of manpower in the recent past with te Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital boasting of only 6 doctors who are subjected to morning, afternoon and night shifts.
the hospital, a usually the first point of call for Enugu residents due to its proximity to residents, has suffered drought of doctors over the years as there has been exodus of doctors as a result of poor remuneration.