The striking medical doctors in Lagos State have agreed to sheath their swords and return to duty effective Thursday, 16th July (today).
This brings to an end the warning strike embarked upon by the doctors since Monday.
According to a statement made available to newsmen Wednesday evening, which was signed by the Chairman, Medical Guild Representative Council, Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo, the decision to end the strike and return to work, follows the “positive change in attitude” noticed after a virtual meeting with stakeholders including the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Oba of Lagos, HRM Oba Rilwan Akinolu, amongst others.
To this end, the medical doctors have been told to return to their duty posts.
“The 3 days warning strike should be suspended and work resume by 8am on Thursday 16th July, 2020.
“The officers’ committee should continue to engage relevant government agencies on all the issues that precipitated the strike action.
“The officers’ committee should call for congress to update on the progress of negotiations,” the statement noted.
The doctors, however, urged the government to show commitment as they would continue to negotiate on issues that brought about the initial strike action.
“The government should demonstrate sincerity and commitment during the negotiation in order to avert unnecessary and preventable crisis in the health sector of Lagos state.”
Naija News recalls wage issues, COVID-19 hazard allowance, shortage of personnel are some of the issues raised by the Lagos Doctors, which eventually resulted in a strike action after the 21-days warning given to the state government lapsed.