President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a directive to sack all Resident Doctors who embarked on strike across the country.
This was contained in a circular issued by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole.
The circular was signed by the permanent secretary of the ministry of health, Mrs. Amina Shamaki.
The circular instructed all chief medical directors (CMDs) and medical directors (MDs) of federally operated health institutions to sack with immediate effect striking resident Doctors and fill up the vacancies too.
According to the circular: “It has come to the notice of the management of the ministry that some resident doctors in your establishment have voluntarily withdrawn from the residency training program.
“They have by refused to report for training without authorization.
“Public service rule, PSR 030402 (e) is relevant.
“This is in spite of the ongoing negotiations on their demands put forward by the representatives of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association.
“In view of this development, you are hereby directed to replace all the doctors that have withdrawn their services, with others from the pool of applicants for the training programs in the various disciplines.
“This is in order not to create ominous gap in training with attendant disruption of health care delivery in your facility.
“Meanwhile, the ministry is working with the panel on the review of the residency training program in Nigeria, led by Professor Wole Atoyebi, the registrar of the National Postgraduate Medical College, to fast-track the development of a comprehensive blueprint for postgraduate training of doctors in the country.
“Please, ensure immediate compliance.”
Recall that Resident doctors across the nation embarked on a strike yesterday (Monday).
In 2014, former president Goodluck Jonathan fired about 16,000 resident doctors too. They however reinstated after intense negotiations between the Federal Government and the Nigerian Medical Association.