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Ondo Government Denies Of Dismissing Striking Doctors

OKEKUNLE SUNDAY, IBADAN

Mr Donald Ojogo, The commissioner for Information on Saturday, clarified that the government did not sack any doctor in the state.

Earlier a media report said the resident doctors at the UNIMETH have been sacked following the industrial action embarked upon by the doctors of the institution.

The Ondo State Government has refuted the report.

The report added that their sacking followed the suspension of the institution’s residency training programme from August 1, 2020.

He also explained that “the residency is a post-graduate programme usually sponsored by governments even as such beneficiaries render services for a specific period.

Doctors under the residency programme are more or less, temporary staff members who qualify as consultants after their period of training.”

The letter announcing the suspension of the residency programme dated June 23 and signed by Director of Administration of UNIMETH, Adeeyo Babatunde, was to allow the hospital focused on service delivery in order to combat COVID-19 outbreak without the distraction of agitation from the Resident Doctors.

The letter said some resident doctors might be considered for re-admission when the programme recommenced.

The commissioner stated that the government would resolve the crisis with the striking doctors by Monday.

“The matter is a purely administrative and professional matters attracting desirable attention and must not be politicised in any form.

The Commissioner stated that the government it only planned to suspend the residency programme being run in the teaching hospital but not to sack the doctors and government would resolve the crisis with the striking doctors by Monday.

“We wish to, therefore, emphasize that at no time did the state government sack doctors as the public is being made to erroneously believe.

It should be noted that the UNIMED residency arrangement is the first since the establishment of the nation’s premier medical university.

It is mostly undertaken by the Federal Government as many states do not find financial space for such.

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