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LUTH Vows Not To Pay Striking Doctors

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba , Prof. Chris Bode, has told the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Lagos State Branch, to stay away from the hospital, alleging that their activities were disrupting the services of the hospital to the people.

Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday in Lagos , Bode accused members of the association of causing restiveness in the institution by instigating its resident doctors under the aegis of Association of Resident Doctors (ARDs) LUTH Chapter to hold the institution to ransom by embarking on incessant strike.

He however noted that the salaries of striking workers will not be paid “ as we considered it fraudulent for anyone to continue receiving taxpayers’ money while denying the same taxpayers their entitled essential medical services in our hospital.”

He said: “We don’t report to NMA. We are only begging them to stay away. LUTH is an independent institution set up by the Federal Government to offer specialized services and training to Nigerians. We are grateful for the change in the country.

We don’t want the erring doctors to throw us into trouble again. We should be left to do what we do best.” He went on: “We will not allow our trainee doctors, people who are less trained than us to dictate to us. We are a school. There are rules of engagement, if you like it, you stay, if you don’t, you ship out. You cannot really blame them. They grew up thinking that Nigeria was never good.

“The president of our resident doctors’ association here had the audacity to face me and told me that he will go to any extent to achieve their aim. This is part of what they are doing. I reported it to the security agencies. “We have about 11 schools in LUTH and we will not allow one of them, the Resident Doctors, whose examination fees we pay, but they are always on strike, to hold us to ransom.

If we allow them, they will shut down the hospital.” Bode said LUTH was organizing a retreat to address grey areas in the administration of the institution with a view to making it better especially as it concerns the attitude of the workers.

“Residency is not more than an apprenticeship. Until now, a lot of rules of engagement were oral. Now that oral tradition has to change, we have to put it in black and white. By the time we come back from our retreat, it will be a LUTH issue, he said

– Angela Onwuzoo

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