The strike embarked upon by resident doctors in the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Ondo State, is a calculated attempt to embarrass the management, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Oluwole Ige, has said.
Resident doctors in the hospital last Friday went on an indefinite strike for unpaid six months’ salary.
Ige said most of the doctors were owed one or two months contrary to their claim of six months’ arrears.
According to him, the delay in payment was caused by teething problems always experienced by a new establishment. He appealed to the striking doctors to return to duty, saying plans have been made for them to get their salaries.
He said: “We do not have a bloated workforce as being peddled. There is no month we don’t pay salaries, we are not in crisis, we are not happy for being in the news for the wrong reasons.
“Imagine those we employed in November joining the protest? The highest month we owe is two or three months, and it’s to some newly employed doctors, not all. Salary payment to newly employed doctors takes administrative processes; we had several meetings and we promised to pay all arrears before the end of next week.
“The strike is uncalled for. It was designed to ridicule and embarrass the management and the state government.”