Friday, 28 November 2014

Lagos state doctors protest non-payment of salaries

Doctors under the aegis of the Medical Guild staged a protest on Friday at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, over the non-payment of their August and September salaries.

The doctors who were seen carrying placards around LASUTH are also protesting non-employment of resident doctors by the hospitals management, and casualisation and victimisation of doctors.

The Chairman of the guild, Dr. Biyi Kufo, appealed to the state government to accede to the demands of the doctors in order to prevent another round of strike in the state.

“We want the government to pay those withheld salaries of August and September 2014, to stop employing doctors as casual workers which they have been doing since 2012."

“These doctors on contract employment have no career path, they can be dismissed at the slightest notice and we want them to resume training of specialists at LASUTH".

“They are no longer employing doctors for specialist training and given a few years, there will no longer be specialists to render services to Lagosians."

“The government continues to victimise doctors and we want them to stop,” he said.

The chairman noted that the protest was held to bring to the notice of the public, the various acts of victimisation and intimidation against doctors under the employment of the state government.