Reiterating its position on its requests to the Federal Government and reiterating its threat to go on strike if the demands are not satisfied, the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has maintained its position.
The Consolidated Medical Salary Structure must be immediately increased by 200 percent of the existing gross physician salary, according to the doctors.
The doctors also demand that the law that would require recent medical and dental graduates to perform five years of mandatory service in Nigeria before receiving a full license to practice be immediately withdrawn.
They urge, among other things, that CONMESS be put into effect right away, that the Medical Residency Training Act be domesticated, that all state governments and private tertiary health institutions where any kind of residency training is conducted evaluate the hazard allowance.
Dr. Emeka Orji, President of NARD, said in a Wednesday interview with our correspondent that the government has not presented a counteroffer to the demands of the physicians.
"The deadline is approaching, and as of right now, there is no counter-offer. We are hoping the government will intervene before the end of this week," Orji added.
"We are not looking back because this war is for Nigerians. Since last year, we have discussed a lot, but sadly, it is leading us to assume that the Nigerian government would not pay attention until things escalate to the point where there will be discord, and that is where we are right now.
All we ever hear on national television are threats, and each time they make one, it enrages our members even more because, if negotiations are supposed to be taking place to resolve the issues, and instead, the government goes on TV to make threats, that means they are not interested in finding a solution. This nation could experience another round of a national industrial crisis in the healthcare industry as a result of the threats.
The NARD President said that at least three days before to the ultimatum's expiration, notice of an emergency executive meeting of the association will be sent to its members.
The meeting's main objective will be to inform the attendees of the status of our demands. If the government has answered, or if their response is insufficient, we will discuss all of our choices. Anything may happen, he said, if our members felt the briefing had accomplished nothing.
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