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Doctors threaten to resume strike In four weeks if demands are not met

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Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have asked the Federal Government to honour its agreement with the union immediately or face another round of industrial aaction..

They warned that should the government fail to honour its agreement in the next four weeks they will be forced to declare another indefinite nationwide industrial action.

President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, gave the warning on behalf of his colleagues in an interview with newsmen.

Members of the union had embarked on strike on April 1, but it was suspended after 10 days following a meeting with the government on Saturday.

In their demands, they sought the payment of all salaries owed house officers, including March salaries, and payment of all salary arrears for their colleagues in all federal and state tertiary health institutions across the country.

They also called for an upward review of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers, as well as payment of the outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance, especially in state-owned-tertiary Institutions.