Members of the Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, UNIMEDTH, in Ondo State, on Tuesday, commenced a 14-day warning strike.
Among other grievances, the striking doctors cited the non-payment of seven months’ salaries to their new members.
While staging a peaceful protest at the hospital premises, the doctors vowed to halt activities until their concerns are addressed by the government.
Speaking to newsmen during the protest, Dr. John Matthew, the President of UNIMEDTH ARD, emphasised that the new members who recently joined the teaching hospital have yet to receive their salaries.
Dr. Matthew further stressed that part of the reasons for the warning strike include non-payment of palliatives to House Officers since February, failure to disburse the February Hazard Allowance despite assurances from the state government to settle two months, and a shortage of staff resulting from the resignation of doctors from the hospital.
He revealed that there were only 26 members of ARD in the hospital, as against 150 a few months ago.
“We demand full payment of the arrears of salaries owed to our members and payment of the February 2024 palliative to our house officers.
“Management should pay a February hazard allowance to our members and urgently address the severe clinical manpower shortage in the institution. Our members work every day. There are no staff due to Japan syndrome,” he stated.