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Ekiti Doctors Want President to Probe Hospital Management

The Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Teaching Hospital (FETH) Ido-Ekiti, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the management of the hospital.

They cited instances of financial misappropriation which has threatened to cripple the hospital.

In a communiqué issued at the end of an emergency meeting held on August 5, the Association also called on the Auditor-General of the Federation in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health to thoroughly look into the financial activities of the hospital.

The resident doctors have been on an industrial action since June 9th 2015, after a three day warning strike after a 21-day ultimatum given to the management of the hospital and the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Lawrence Majekodunmi Ayodele.

They accused the CMD of insensitivity to the plight of the workers and other matters including financial misappropriation. Some of the issues include: Immediate implementation of skipping of CONMESS 2 for Doctors as approved by the Federal Government in a circular dated 19th of December, 2013, Ref. No: HCSF/EPO/EIR/63755/T1/195 and clarified by the Federal Ministry of Health in a circular dated 29th of July, 2015, Ref. No: C.2262/T/111; immediate implementation of the new entry point for House Officers with arrears from January 2015 as approved and clarified by the Federal Government in an explanatory note dated 29th July, 2015, Ref No: C.2262/T/109; immediate payment of backlog of updates, revision courses, research grants and examination refunds which are yet to be paid in the last 40 months; immediate payment of 2014 annual step increment to doctors and other health workers of the hospital; immediate payment of promotion arrears to doctors and health workers of the hospital.

The other demands are: Immediate payment of relocation allowances to doctors ; immediate payment of salaries of the newly employed doctors who are on IPPIS payment platform but are yet to be properly captured and immediate payment of complete salaries to Doctors on IPPIS and GIFMIS platforms who have been shortchanged.

The association also wants the high cost of access to medical care at the hospital reviewed downwards to humane and community friendly levels while calling on stakeholders and other concerned citizens to prevail on the CMD so that normalcy and industrial harmony can return to the hospital.

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