Barely two months after the sacked 788 doctors in Lagos public hospitals were recalled by the state government, the doctors Friday accused the government of insincerity over its agreement to fully implement the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale, CONMESS even as it demanded the payment of outstanding salaries for the months of April and May that the strike lingered.
They also alleged that state government withheld payment of April and May salaries as part of punitive measures against doctors that participated in the last industrial action.
Briefing journalists at the end of their Ordinary General Meeting, OGM, the doctors under the aegis of Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, Lagos University Teaching Hospital Branch, LASUTH-ARD, appealed to the state government to remove all punitive measures following the April/May crises in the health sector.
Speaking, LASUTH- ARD President, Dr. Babajide Saheed alleged that while 10 per cent of the April salaries were currently withheld, the May salary had not been paid at all.
Saheed noted that the state government made good of its threat of 'no-work no-pay' rule contrary to its promise to return to negotiation with the doctors following the withdrawal of the mass-sack order and suspension of seven weeks industrial action.