NARD threatens strike if FG doesn’t meet 2-week ultimatum

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has given the Federal Government two weeks to act on their agreements concerning their demands or deal with industrial action.

The body revealed this in a press release issued on Saturday at the end of their Extraordinary National Executive Council meeting in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

The meeting which held from Thursday, 27th April to Saturday, 29th April was held to review imminent issues facing the Nigerian healthcare labour as well as the issue of medical workers fleeing the country at any opportunity because of poor remuneration, grossly inadequate funding of the health sector, and the attendant negative effect on the citizens and the health workers.

The doctors are demanding an immediate 200% raise in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) based on the current gross salary of doctors. The review also included new allowances stipulated in a letter written by the association to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on 7th July, 2022, on the review of CONMESS.