FCTA reverses threat to sack striking doctors


The Federal Capital Territory Administration has withdrawn a circular mandating members of the National Association of Resident Doctors, FCT chapter, to go back to work within 48 hours or consider themselves sacked.

This followed  the intervention of the House of Representatives.

The Tanko Sununu-led House Committee on Health Services met with  officials of the FCTA and  Nigerian Medical Association on Friday.

A statement  by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said it was resolved that a five-man committee comprising a member of  the NMA, two members of the NARD FCT chapter, and two FCTA representatives should look into the issues relating to  payment of the doctors.

The statement added that it was resolved at the meeting that the FCTA should source for  funds from alternative sources to pay a flat rate to 36 doctors who had not been paid between six to seven months, pending when the issue is resolved.


It partly read, “The NMA, led by its President, Dr Francis Faduyile, informed the committee that the national body had directed all its members on strike to resume duties at their posts, while the association continued with the negotiations with the FCTA on behalf of the striking doctors.

“He expressed his gratitude to the National Assembly, especially the House of Representatives for the proactive measures taken to intervene in the matter and in ensuring the national emergency with regards to the COVID-19 was contained within the nation.”



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