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Unpaid Salaries: UNIMED Resident Doctors Threaten Strike

Resident doctors at the University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital, Ondo have threatened to resume their suspended strike if the state government fails to pay their six month salary arrears.

The medical doctors who declared this during a protest in Akure gave a seven-day ultimatum to the government after which they intend to down tool if there was no positive response.

Chairman of the association of resident doctors, UNIMED Teaching Hospital, Dr Ademola Shittu said they could no longer cope with the situation of not getting paid for months as they too had families to feed.

Also speaking the Public Relations Officer, PRO of the Resident Doctors’ Union, Dr John Mathew posited that it was risky for them to continue to be in the frontline especially in this era of covid-19 without being paid their wages promptly.

Another resident doctor, Taiwo Olagbe frowned at what he called insensitivity of government to their plight after series of meetings with key stakeholders in the matter.

The doctors who carried placards bearing various inscriptions also stressed the need for government to regularise the payment of their salaries as they were being owned between four and six month’s salaries.

Adebukola Bardi

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