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Court strikes out doctors’ suit against LASG

06 February 2013, 16:03

Lagos  - Justice Benedict Kanyip of the National Industrial Court, Lagos, on Wednesday struck out a suit filed by doctors under the employment of Lagos State Government against their employers.

Kanyip struck out the suit, earlier slated for hearing, following the application by the doctors that it no longer represented their current positions.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the doctors, under the aegis of Medical Guild, Lagos State chapter, had filed the suit on May 9, 2012.

They were challenging the issuance of queries to them by the state government for embarking on a three-day warning strike on April 11.

The strike was to demand for the implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS) approved by the Federal Government in 2009.

The guild also demanded for a downward review of the taxes paid by its members and the teaching allowances paid to the doctors on internship.

NAN recalls that the state government had on May 7, 2012 sacked 788 doctors for alleged insubordination and absence from duty without leave.

The counsel to the doctors, Mr Bamidele Aturu, represented by Miss Omolade Idowu-Kuola, had filed an application to discontinue the case.

``We are going to discontinue the case against the defendants because events have overtaken the course of action,`` he said.

The state Attorney-General, Mr Ade Ipaye, represented by Mrs Kemi Olugbode, did not object to the application.

NAN

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