UCH resident doctors begin strike

UCH resident doctors begin strike

UCH resident doctors in Ibadan have commenced a three-week industrial action.

This was announced by the President of the Association of Resident Docors (ARD-UCH), Abiodun Ogundipe, on Thursday July 20, 2023.

The strike, which began at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, aims to draw attention to the predicament of 250 association members who have not been enrolled on the government’s payment platform.

The doctors, who were employed at UCH in May, have not received their salaries as they are yet to be captured on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

Ogundipe explained that “without being on the platform, there seems to be no hope for them, leading to their decision to protest and request the government’s assistance in facilitating their inclusion on the IPPIS platform for better livelihoods.”

The strike is expected to last for three weeks, with the hope of resolving the issue promptly.

Alongside the demand for IPPIS enrollment, there are other national welfare issues that the government needs to address.

“Up till now, they were yet to be captured on the platform, which means there is no hope in sight for them.

“This is why we have embarked on this industrial action to express our displeasure and also to plead with the government to help us facilitate this and ensure that our members are as soon as possible placed on the IPPIS platform so that life can be better for them,” he said.

Mr Ogundipe said the strike would be for three weeks, hopefully, depending on when the issue would be resolved.

”There are other national issues bordering on welfare which the government needs to address, and we are having a meeting tomorrow (Friday) to review them.

“Already, we have a two-week ultimatum given to the federal government.

“This is regarding some of our welfare issues and other matters that have been lingering for long,” Ogundipe said.

A meeting is scheduled to review these matters, and the federal government has already been given a two-week ultimatum to address these ongoing concerns.

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