Salary de­duc­tions: UniIlorin teach­ing hos­pi­tal res­i­dent doc­tors com­mence warn­ing

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

The Univer­sity of Ilorin Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal (UITH) chap­ter of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Res­i­dent Doc­tors (ARD) yes­ter­day com­menced a 5-day warn­ing strike over de­duc­tion of their salaries by the man­age­ment of the hos­pi­tal.

The doc­tors ac­cused the man­age­ment of il­le­gal de­duc­tion of their salaries while their coun­ter­parts in other teach­ing hos­pi­tals were get­ting their full pay.

Some of the doc­tors car­ried plac­ards with in­scrip­tions, ‘We have suf­fered enough,’ ‘Mr CMD’s dis­obe­di­ence of FG is il­le­gal,’ ‘Un­der-pay­ment of UITH res­i­dent doc­tors is de­lib­er­ate by CMD,’ ‘Say no to 60% salary.’

Speak­ing dur­ing the protest, Pres­i­dent of ARD, Dr Ige Ko­la­wole, said they had not been re­ceiv­ing full salary since 2014 with­out a gen­uine jus­ti­fi­ca­tion.

He said, “We protested in April when our salary was cut and the CMD promised that it would be rec­ti­fied but our June and July salary was not full pay­ment and the cir­cu­lar that says doc­tors should be paid full salary came out since 2015 and we found out that doc­tors in other teach­ing hos­pi­tals are not be­ing owed. Res­i­dent doc­tors and house of­fi­cers are be­ing short­changed. They have been de­duct­ing our salaries since 2014 and in Jan­uary this year, the CMD said he was go­ing to em­ploy new house of­fi­cers of about 150, which led to re­duc­tion of salaries of some doc­tors.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion also ac­cused the cen­tre of send­ing res­i­dents out of train­ing be­cause the per­son has spent six years, con­tend­ing that no­body could fin­ish res­i­dency train­ing in six years in Nigeria to­day.

Con­tacted, the PRO of the UITH, Mrs Fun­mi­layo Omo­ja­sola, said the chief med­i­cal direc­tor was not around and that his deputy and other man­age­ment staff were in a meet­ing. She promised to get back to our correspondent with their re­ac­tion but she had not done that up to press time.

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