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Association of Resident Doctors Gives Benue 21-Day Ultimatum To Reinstate 30 Sacked Doctors

BY MARY KUYE

Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) BSUTH Makurdi has given the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) Makurdi 21-Day ultimatum to both withdraws its sacked letters issued and reinstate the over 30 sacked medical doctors.

Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) Makurdi had sacked over 30 Residents Doctors.

In its reaction, the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) BSUTH Makurdi, in a press statement issued and signed by its President Dr Amina Japhet Onyewuchi and PRO Dr Sesugh Matthew Iorfa, said condemned the sack.

ARD posited that the sack did not follow the laws regulating the service of resident doctors in Nigeria, adding that its a disservice to the suffering people of Benue State.

It said: ”The 2017 Medical Residency Training Act (MRTA) “allows resident doctors to train and pass all examinations over an eight and a half to nine-year period as against the six years that the management of Benue State University Teaching Hospital wants to impose” on its resident doctors.

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It accused management of ignoring its role of sponsorship of resident doctors for update of courses and examination as well as refusal to take into account the period of non-accreditation/loss of accreditation.

ARD is calling for the immediate withdrawal of the sack letters and reinstatement of those already sacked; the adoption and full implementation of the 2017 MRTA as it is obtainable in other training institutions across the country.

It equally warned that failure to do so after 21 days they “will have no choice than to opt for an indefinite strike action”.

“It is our belief that within these 21 days of our ultimatum, the amiable Executive Governor of Benue State Dr Samuel Ortom, His Royal Majesty Orchivirigh Professor J. O. Ayatse, Tor Tiv, the Och’Idoma His Royal Majesty Agabaidu Elias Ekoyi Obekpa, and all other well-meaning sons and daughters of Benue State will prevail on the management of Benue State University Teaching Hospital to yield to these, in the interest of residency training, the medical profession and the healthcare of our people,” the statement concluded.

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