The Vice-President of the Commonwealth Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele has condemned the sacking of 16,000 resident doctors by the Federal Government, describing the decision as ‘ill-advised labour dispute management approach’.
In a press statement issued yesterday in Lagos, Enabulele posited that the decision would worsen the on-going crisis between the Federal Government and the National Association of Resident Doctors and could worsen the challenges of manpower in the sector. He said the sacking is extreme action that can lead to the mass exodus of doctors to foreign hospitals.
“This latest action of the Federal Government clearly indicates that not much has been learnt from previous experiences; or else why would a government no matter how aggrieved apply a most extreme action that has never succeeded in the past or yielded any positive results.
“A similar mass sacking failed under the military regime of 1985 and it failed during the authoritarian dismissal of 774 medical doctors by the Lagos state government in 2012. “I am most troubled by the use of strong arm tactics by the Federal Government over NARD’s expression of her legitimate demands, particularly when all other avenues to address the issues in dispute were yet to be explored”