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Federal Government Directs ‘No Work, No Pay’ Policy on Striking Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors

In response to the ongoing strike action by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), the Federal Government has issued a directive to the Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors in Federal Tertiary Hospitals. The government has instructed them to implement the ‘no work, no pay’ policy on the striking doctors and to maintain an attendance register for resident doctors willing to work.

The letter, signed by the Director of Hospital Services, Dr. Andrew Noah, and dated August 1, 2023, expressed the government’s concern about the strike’s impact and accused the striking doctors of being insensitive. Despite conciliatory meetings with various government stakeholders, the strike continued after the expiration of a two-week ultimatum.

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The doctors’ demands include the implementation of the one-for-one replacement policy for healthcare workers, payment of salary arrears, the implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, a new hazard allowance, and the domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act, among others.

Dr. Kelechi Chikezie, the Secretary General of NARD, acknowledged the receipt of the letter and stated that the association’s leadership would meet to decide on their position regarding the ‘no work, no pay’ policy.

The strike, which began on July 26, 2023, has led to disruptions in medical services, and the Federal Government’s directive aims to address the situation and encourage doctors to return to work.

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