Doctors at UBTH prepares for total strike as ultimatum expires today
,,,Management uses court action to restrain nurses from joining strike.
….Consultants and senior doctors to join strike.
What is looking likely to be the mother of all strike actions at the
University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) is at the verge of being
recorded as Resident Doctors of the hospital are set for a show down
with the hospital management as their ultimatum lapses this week,
According to several sources the doctors are set for a total shut down
of the hosital so the frequent loss of lives and other attrocities
being done to patientts at the hospital will not continue going on.
Some of the doctors were seen over the long holiday in groups
discussing the demands and the ultimatum. They particularly noted that
management is yet to meet the demands which bother on patient care and
staff welfare as the CT scan machine , radiotherapy and other machines
are still on functioning and consumables are still not available for
patient care, he burst into laughter when asked about staff welfare
saying “UBTH staff wey them no dey owe salary or arrears that one n.a.
A staff from management who pleaded annonymity on account of his job
told newsmen that these resident doctors have been patient but the
management is not just interested, he continued that all through last
week they had to be explaining to patients who stormed upstairs in
large numbers to demand that the management fixes the problems in the
hospital, he went on that truly no problem has been fixed but we have
to do our work.
It appears that the four working days of this week will be very
interesting here in UBTH as the nurses who had the hospital management
slam them a court order restraining them from going on strike,
protesting or having rallies are gearing up for the hospital
management. The consultants of the hospital also have an ultimatum
which lapses this week.
A lot is expected from the hospital management this period as
interview with the ARD president revealed he said ” we are have done
our part , we have tabled the issues before our hospital management,
the quality of care we provide has to improve, staff welfare has to
improve. Our demands are not out of reach they are achievable in this
hospital and we insist on them so the hospital can be better for us
all. It is left for management to do her part.