On a brief on the three-day total warning strike, President, LASUTH-ARD, Dr. Balogun Fatai, said the governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has failed to give approval for the employment of the resident doctors and house officers.
He stated that the problem was beyond the management of the hospital, he disclosed that although the hospital management had called for interview for some resident doctors by Thursday this week, it was not a guarantee that the resident doctors will be employed immediately.
Fatai said, “The interview does not mean a resumption of the resident doctors. When I did my own interview in November 2012, I resumed work in this hospital in August 2015 that is three years after. We have made several moves even discussed with the head of the service, met with the Commissioner for Health; all they are saying is governor’s approval. Resident doctors from the workforce of any teaching hospital. If they are not there, you cannot see a teaching hospital work effectively. Some of the consultants are working but they can never work like resident doctors. Residents by their name supposed to be there for24 hours and seven days. If they are not there, there is little to what a consultant can do.”
Reacting to the development, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr Titilayo said steps are being taken to employ new residents to ease the workload on the striking doctors.
She said: “They are not machines and we understand their issues and we are doing everything possible to end the problem.”