We reported earlier that the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) are striking over unpaid wages and inadequate facilities and now, the Senate Committee on Health has faulted the strike, asking Nigerians to hold the doctors responsible for the death of any patient on account of the strike.
Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Oloriegbe, said this during a public hearing on the ‘Federal Medical Centre, Mubi, Adamawa State (Establishment) Bill, 2021’ sponsored by Senator Aishatu Ahmed (Binani).
According to him, the National Assembly made every effort to avert the strike, but to no avail.
“We had a marathon meeting on March 21 and agreed on all the issues that were raised by the resident doctors,” he said, adding that three germane issues, including the payment of salary to house officers, were the major reasons they wanted to go on strike.
“The second one was what they claimed to be payment to local resident doctors, which was an aberration, but the government agreed to commence payment, which has started.”
Ibrahim insisted that most of the other issues that were raised were not even issues within the purview of the Federal Government because they were issues of state governments.