…By for TDPel Media.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, engaged in a crucial meeting with members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Monday.
This meeting, which took place at the National Assembly in Abuja, aimed to address the pressing concerns of the resident doctors and find a resolution to avert an impending strike.
Among those present at the meeting were the first Vice-president of NARD, Nnamdi Ndi-Ezuma, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Special Duties, Okokon Udo.
With key stakeholders in attendance, the meeting brought together representatives from both the medical profession and government authorities to engage in constructive dialogue.
The primary purpose of the meeting was to address the grievances of the resident doctors, whose demands were at the heart of the impending strike.
One of the significant demands put forth by the doctors is the urgent need for a substantial recruitment of clinical staff in hospitals.
The scarcity of medical personnel has been a longstanding concern affecting healthcare delivery in the country.
In addition to addressing the shortage of medical staff, another crucial demand by NARD is the immediate development of hospital infrastructure.
Adequate and modern facilities are essential for providing quality healthcare services to patients.
The resident doctors seek assurance from the government to prioritize and invest in upgrading medical facilities across the nation.
Budgetary Allocation to Health:
One of the core demands of the resident doctors is to allocate a minimum of 15% of the national budget towards the health sector.
This allocation is aimed at enhancing the overall health system, improving healthcare access, and ensuring better medical services for the citizens.
Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF):
The resident doctors also demand the timely disbursement of the 2023 medical residency training fund (MRTF).
This fund plays a vital role in supporting the training and professional development of medical practitioners, ensuring that they remain skilled and competent in their respective fields.
Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) Increment:
Finally, the resident doctors advocate for an immediate increase in the consolidated medical salary structure (CONMESS).
The proposed increment of 200% of doctors’ gross salary is intended to address long-standing concerns over remuneration and incentives for medical professionals.
The meeting between the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors represents a crucial step in addressing the pressing issues faced by healthcare workers.
By engaging in dialogue and understanding the concerns of the resident doctors, there is hope for finding solutions that can prevent the potential disruption of healthcare services through a strike.
The outcome of this meeting will play a significant role in shaping the future of the healthcare sector in Nigeria.