The Association of Resident Doctors of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, has suspended its 14-day strike action that was aimed at protesting the paucity of house officers and resident doctors.This was made known in a statement by the association’s president, Dr Salami Ajibola, who disclosed that the suspension of the strike was necessitated by the employment of 55 house officers billed to resume this month.
He said, “We are pleased to announce the suspension of the strike, following the employment of 55 house officers scheduled to resume on September 19. Work is, therefore, to resume so that members of the public will be able to gain access to health care facilities in our institution.”
The association, however, urged the Lagos State Government to keep its promise of employing more doctors. It said, “The Lagos State Government should keep its promise of employing another batch of house officers by December 2018 and replace all exited residents within the shortest possible time.
“The government should also put in place a structured policy for seamless, regular replacement of house officers and resident doctors in the hospital, to avoid a crisis and ensure the provision of effective health care to Lagosians. The association is also to review the actions of the government in this regard at the end of October 2018.”
It would be recalled that the association, after considering the unnecessary hardship on Lagosians seeking health care services in LASUTH, as a result of the paucity of doctors, declared a strike on September 5, during which only emergency services were provide