FCT Minister Tells Resident Doctors: I Don’t Like Strikes, I Save Money When You’re On Strike

FCT Minister Tells Resident Doctors: I Don’t Like Strikes, I Save Money When You’re On Strike

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has warned resident doctors in Abuja against threatening to embark on industrial action.

He said that he would not pay doctors who go on strike and that he is ready to contend with them in court.

The doctors are demanding the immediate payment of the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF), tangible steps on the upward review of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS), and payment of all salary arrears owed its members since 2015.

They also want the immediate massive recruitment of clinical staff in the hospitals and the abolishment of bureaucratic limitations to replace doctors and nurses who leave the system quickly.

Wike said that doctors are free to make their recommendations and that the Federal Government will look into them.

However, he expressed displeasure for industrial action, stressing that he would make more money when doctors go on strike.

Wike Warns FCT Resident Doctors Against Strike

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has warned resident doctors in Abuja against threatening to embark on industrial action.

Doctors’ Demands

The doctors are demanding the immediate payment of the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF), tangible steps on the upward review of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS), and payment of all salary arrears owed its members since 2015.

They also want the immediate massive recruitment of clinical staff in the hospitals and the abolishment of bureaucratic limitations to replace doctors and nurses who leave the system quickly.

Wike’s Response

Wike said that doctors are free to make their recommendations and that the Federal Government will look into them.

However, he expressed displeasure for industrial action, stressing that he would make more money when doctors go on strike.

Threatens Not to Pay Striking Doctors

Wike said that he would not pay doctors who go on strike and that he is ready to contend with them in court.

Conclusion

The FCT Minister’s warning to resident doctors has sparked outrage among the medical community, with many doctors accusing him of being insensitive to the plight of healthcare workers.

It remains to be seen whether the doctors will heed Wike’s warning and call off their planned strike.

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