Wednesday, November 3, 2010

NMA begins solidarity strike

Lagos—The protracted doctors’ strike called by the Medical Guild, doctors under employment of the Lagos State government, has taken a dramatic twist as their counterparts in the Federal health institutions in the state have made good their threat to embark on a three-day solidarity strike beginning today.

It was gathered that the withdrawal of services by the doctors was ordered by the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, as part of strategies to put pressure on the state government to yield to the doctors’ demands. With the latest development, which would remove the only respite left for Lagosians seeking healthcare services in the state, many more preventable deaths are likely to be recorded particularly from emergency and referral cases, if nothing urgent is done to resolve the face-off between doctors and the state government.

Confirming the situation to Vanguard in a telephone chat yesterday, Lagos State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Edamisan Temiye, said there is no going back on the solidarity strike.

He said: “The solidarity strike is the only option left for the doctors to exploit.”