Lagos - The Lagos State Government on Friday appealed to doctors in its public health sector not to join their counterparts in other parts of the country on their proposed nationwide strike.
This is contained in a statement issued in Lagos by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy,Lateef Ibirogba.
He appealed to the doctors to consider the interests of the people of Lagos and their medical ethics and shun the proposed strike by the National Medical Association (NMA).
The commissioner said that the state government would not hesitate to
enforce the "a no-work-no- pay" policy against doctors that refused to
report at their duty posts as at when scheduled.
Ibirogba said that any industrial action by doctors would bring untold hardship to the people and could result in avoidable death of patients.
He said that the nature of the work of doctors did not permit them to embark on industrial action without recourse to its implication on the society.
Ibirogba said that strikes had in the past caused untold suffering, injury and death to innocent patients, who were caught in such strikes.
He warned that the state government would not hesitate to apply the law on erring officers to protect the interest of innocent citizens.
He said that whatever disagreement NMA had against the Federal Government should not be extended to Lagos State Government.
The commissioner said that the state government would not hesitate to enforce the ``a no-work-no- pay’’ policy against doctors that refused to report at their duty posts as at when scheduled.
Birogba said that the state government had a duty to ensure that health service delivery to the people of the state was not disrupted.
He said that Lagos State Government had been implementing infrastructure development and capacity building in its health sector.
He, therefore, appealed to the doctors to use other means to channel their demands rather than the strike option.
The NMA had on December 22nd last year directed its members to commence a nationwide strike from 8:00am on January 6th, if government failed to satisfactorily meet its demands.
The doctors said that they would be protesting against poor working conditions, inadequate funding and poor infrastructure in the nation’s health sector.