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OOUTH ADR embarks on indefinite strike over worsening conditions of service

The Doctors at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, on Monday embarked upon an indefinite strike to protest the worsening conditions of service and the unwillingness of successive state government to address the situation.

The doctors under the aegis of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), OOUTH chapter, lamented that they have been overburdened with work load because of the “enormous and persistent decline in workforce,” saying they were now compelled  to resort to strike action to draw attention to their plights when several meetings with both previous and current state governments became a thing of no effect.

Rising from its meeting in Sagamu, on Monday, the OOUTH’s ARD said the teaching hospital had witnessed grave reduction in its workforce, which culminated in the  loss of accreditation for full training of the resident doctors.

ARD added that the reduction in workforce has also taken a serious toll on the health of few doctors still working in the teaching hospital.

In a statement issued at the end of its meeting by  the chapter chairman and secretary of the Association: Dr. Osikoya Oludotun and Dr. Ajose Oluwafemi, ARD said its decision to embark on the industrial action became inevitable to force the state government to do the needful for the hospital.

The resident doctors also  accused the state government of paying lip services to their plights and condition of the hospital, particularly the manpower shortage, stating that they were aware of the last administration’s caveat to the management not to exceed a certain wage bill, wondering why wages of resident doctors who had exited the system could not be freed for the employment of new doctors.

They also claimed that the workload is so enormous that it had prevented them from adequately preparing for their postgraduate examinations.

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