LAUTECH-TH’s medical unions slam management

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OYO State National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), and Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital have criticised the management for redeploying 55 resident doctors.

NARD described the move as an “aberration and deliberate plan to rob the people of Oyo State of specialised healthcare”; Oyo NMA and ARD called it the “bastardisation of residency training” and “a taboo that must never be allowed”.

Last week, the management transferred 55 resident doctors and six consultants.

In separate statements, the three associations rejected the move and urged management to reverse the decision.

The statements by Dr. Ugochukwu Chinaka and Dr. O. V. Nandi (NARD President and Secretary General); Dr. Omolola Atalabi-Oladele and Dr. Abimbola Sojimi (Oyo NMA Chairman and General Secretary) and Dr. Sebastine Oiwoh and Dr. A. Alabi (LAUTECH Ogbomosho, ARD President and General Secretary) distanced themselves from the management’s action.

According to NARD, the transfer is an attempt to eliminate residency training at LAUTECH, Ogbomosho, saying: “It looks like taking 10 steps backward in an enlightened society as ours.”

The resident doctors urged the management to reverse its decision and others on the transfer.

It gave the management 21 days to rescind the decision or face further action.

Oyo State NMA said it was abnormal and provocative.

“The contract with the management and board of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and thus the current attempt to redeploy resident doctors or medical consultants to a non-teaching hospital is a gross anomaly and a breach of contract. We are of the opinion that it was done as an unintended error.”

The NMA said it would not “wish the management compound the already precarious situation but rather think out of the box to find a solution to the already deplorable situation the institution has found itself in the last 12 months”.

It added: “Aside negatively setting the pace in owing members of the Association of Resident Doctors of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital 14 and a half months’ salary, it has, among other previously publicised actions, recently made official plans to bastardise residency training in Nigeria.

“Residency training is a competency-based intensive postgraduate medical training undergone by medical doctors in various specialties of their choice in specifically accredited hospitals by the postgraduate medical colleges (National and West Africa). Resident doctors are employed (starting as registrars) to train, engage in researches while rendering services of world-class standard.

“By the structure of the training, resident doctors cannot be transferred across health centres, general hospitals, among others. While still remaining an employee of the employing hospital, they are allowed to go to specifically accredited hospitals for their specialist training, if their employing hospital is not accredited for such.

“This ill-informed, distasteful and illegal action of the state government orchestrated and indulged by the hospital management is a total aberration not only in Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa but worldwide. We say It is dead on arrival”

“We are also not unaware of the series of steps aimed at destroying the hospital; payment of percentage salary was the initial phase then to this illegal transfer and the final plan is to change the name of the hospital to their desired general hospital status.

“The implications of the state government’s action will mean increase morbidity and mortality rate as well as poverty for the citizens of Oyo State. This will also spell doom for the training of medical students.

“We call on all well-meaning citizens, political stakeholders, religious leaders and traditional rulers to wade into this matter.”

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