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Resident doctors suspend strike, to review progress with negotiation

Members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors on Friday suspended the strike they embarked upon on July 26, 2023.

President of the association, Dr Emeka Orji, told our correspondent in a chat that the resident doctors would resume work at 8 am on Saturday.

“We just suspended the strike. Work to resume at 8 am on Saturday. We will review progress made in two weeks,“ he said.

Earlier, the doctors suspended their planned daily peaceful protest, which was to commence on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, if the government fails to meet their demands.

NARD embarked on an indefinite strike on July 26, 2023, following the expiration of a two-week ultimatum it issued to the government to press home its demands.

The doctors are demanding the implementation of the one-for-one replacement policy for healthcare workers; the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria to discontinue the downgrading of the membership certificate issued by the West African Postgraduate Medical and Surgical Colleges; the immediate payment of all salary arrears; the implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure; a new hazard allowance; and the domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act; among others

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