NARD seeks recall of JUTH medical doctors

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

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The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria( NARD) has asked for the recall of all the Resident Doctors in Jos University Hospital, JUTH whose appointments was unjustly terminated since July, 2014.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Secretary General of the Association, Dr. Osinachukwu Nnadi and made available to our correspondent in Kaduna.
He explained that the National Executive Council, NEC met and deliberated on issues affecting Resident Doctors in Nigeria with emphasis on Residency Training Programme in JUTH.
“The Federal Ministry of Health released an extant circular on duration of Residency Training Program (RTP) on 18th July 2014 which the  management of JUTH is yet to recognize, hence the need for a court injunction restraining them from unjustly exiting Resident Doctors in August, 2017”, the statement said.
Nnadi said JUTH Management has continued to exit Resident Doctors despite the recent court injunction and has been withholding dues deducted from members of the congress of NARD JUTH since January, 2018.
“NEC resolved that a 30-day ultimatum starting from Monday 2nd April 2018 be issued to the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and Management of JUTH to recall all Resident doctors and pay all emoluments of the affected Doctors in full from the above stated date,” parts of the statement said.
It further stated that, NARD demands that all Federal Teaching Institutions like FMC Umuahia, UBTH Benin and UITH Ilorin that are yet to begin implementation of the July 2014 circular should as a matter of urgency commence same.
“FMOH is advised to dispatch the stated July 2014 extant circular to keep all Chief Medical Directors in proper perspective,” he stressed.
The secretary added that NEC demands the Federal Government to meet all outstanding agreement as contained in the 06/09/2017 Memorandum of Terms of Settlement (MOTOS) between Government, NARD and NMA.
NEC unanimously requests the President to graciously assent to the RTP Act in order to lay to rest all the contentious issues affecting Resident Doctors in Nigeria.
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