Federal Government negotiation with Resident Doctors ends in deadlock: Meeting continues today.
Written by COMFORT 95.1FM on August 10, 2021
The negotiation meeting between the Federal Government and the striking National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD ended in a deadlock yesterday as the strike enters its ninth day today.
Although both sides could not reach a truce last night, the meeting continues today.
Speaking with newsmen last night, NARD President Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi said both parties deliberated on some of the issues to find a lasting solution but no resolutions were made.
Meanwhile, at a media briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire said the government is working on the doctors’ strike, in a negotiation brokered by the National Assembly.
In a related development, The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora has appealed to the striking National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD to return to the negotiating table.
Mamora expressed the ministry’s sadness about the turn of events, as he lamented the current situation where doctors are not saving lives, which is their primary duty.
Dr. Mamora who made the appeal while speaking on a television programme, also denied claims by the striking doctors that it has taken 113 days of silence from the Federal Government since an agreement was signed which caused the ongoing industrial action.
He said most issues raised by the doctors are in the purview of state governments to intervene, adding that the Federal government can only intercede on their behalf.