The University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMETH) in Ondo state says the sacking of residents doctors of the teaching hospital was to allow the hospital focused on service delivery in order to combat COVID-19 outbreak without distraction of agitation from the Resident Doctors.
According to the letter announcing suspension of the residency programme dated June 23 and signed by Director of Administration of UNIMETH, Adeeyo Babatunde, the institution suspended the institution’s residency training programme from August 1st, 2020.
The teaching hospital urged all Resident doctors directly employed by the hospital to seek continuation of their programme in other institutions where there are ongoing training programmes.
The sacking of the Resident doctors might not be unconnected to the last week’s strike action recently embarked upon by the doctors.
Spokesman of the Ondo ARD, Taiwo Olagbe, listed their demands to include 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 some Resident doctors might be considered for re-admission when the programme recommenced.
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