By Adeola Oladele
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has given the Oyo State Government two weeks ultimatum to pay the five months unpaid salaries of its members at Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LTH), Ogbomoso.
Speaking with newsmen at the weekend in Ibadan, President of the association, Dr. Dan-Jumbo Prince, said failure of the state government to settle the arrears and meet other demands would culminate into an industrial action.
Prince said the other demands of the union included the establishment of a proper hospital management board for LTH, maintenance of the hospital infrastructures and renewed commitment to improved working condition of staff.
He said their members have not collected salary since January despite their commitment to duty.
The association also noted that the hospital could not also achieve its goals in training of resident doctors in view of the neglect it suffered from successive administrations.
“All is as a result of lack of commitment and fairness on the part of the state government, non-existent of hospital board for a teaching hospital with an edict establishing it, likewise the menace of apathetic and passive management.
“We are forced to believe based on the disposition that Oyo State Government is deliberately and systematically killing LTH, Ogbomoso,” Prince said.
The association appealed to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, well-meaning citizens and human right organisations to intervene to ensure uninterrupted healthcare delivery to the citizens.