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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), has declared a total and indefinite strike action over the failure of the government to meet the demands of its members.

NARD president, Dr Emeka Orji who disclosed this yesterday noted that the strike would commence on Wednesday Morning, July 26, 2023.

He said the decision was reached at the meeting held by the NARD NEC members on Tuesday in Lagos.

Orji told The Guardian that major demands of the Association include immediate payment of the 2023 MRTF, immediate release of the circular on one-for-one replacement, payment of skipping arrears and upward review of CONMESS in line with full salary restoration to the 2014 value of CONMESS.

He stated that other demands are payment of the arrears of consequential adjustment of minimum to the omitted doctors, reversal of the downgrading of the membership certificate by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria ( MDCN), payment of MRTF, new hazard allowance, skipping and implementation of corrected CONMESS in State Tertiary Health Institutions and payment of omitted hazard allowance arrears.

It would be recalled that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, had on Monday, during a meeting with the leadership of NARD appealed to the association to give him two weeks so that he can meet with President Bola Tinubu on the Association’s demands.

Source: Guardian

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