The resident doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMETH) have been sacked. Their sack was announced in a letter which announced the suspension of the institution’s residency training programme from August 1st, 2020.
Spokesperson of the Ondo Association of Residential Doctors, Taiwo Olagbe, made a list of their demands to include the provision of PPE and other security measures to save their members from COVID-19, payment of outstanding arrears from September 2019 to May 2020, payment of 50 percent COVID-19 allowance amongst others.
The letter said that some Resident doctors might be considered for re-admission when the programme recommenced. The Chief Medical Director of UNIMEDTH, Dr. Oluwole Ige, had blasted the Residents doctors saying they were more interested in unionism than commitment to work. According to him,
“The Resident doctors earn the best pay pay package among the four group of doctors in the hospital with additional benefit of training and advancing to be consultant. That have been the most disruptive group to the growth of the hospital.
“They have exaggerated and deliberately distorted the issues of their wage to the extent of putting the hospital management and government into disrepute.
“The training programme might be suspended until such a time that it will be conducive to train without rancour.”