Striking doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital in Ondo State have said there is no going back on the strike embarked upon over the non-payment of their salaries and arrears.
The doctors under the umbrella of the Association of Resident Doctors, revealed that the state government was yet to open any negotiation with them since they declared their industrial action.
The protesting doctors had on Friday, 10th January, 2020 demonstrated in Akure, the state capital, over the refusal of the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s government to pay their wages.
Lots of them complained that they were been owned salaries and arrears between three (3) and six (6) months depending on when they joined the service of the government hospital.
Their ongoing industrial dissonance had already paralysed health activities at the state owned hospitals both in Ondo town and Akure.
Speaking to Newsmen, Taiwo Olagbe, Chairman Media Committee, Association of Resident Doctors, UNIMED, said that, the doctors are still standing by their demand for the payment of accumulated wages.
He also said, “We have not been invited for any meeting as regards this ongoing strike although we don’t know what the state government is up to this week but we still stand by our demands.
We have already compiled the list and categories of months being owed to us as doctors working in the state government hospitals.
We not only demand for the payment of our salaries alone, there are lots of deficiencies of welfare issues and capable hands that we are also fighting for and expecting the state government to do.”
Wahab Adegbenro, the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, said the government would address the doctors soon.