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Medical centre shut over workers' strike

13 August 2014, 11:17

Yenagoa - The Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Yenagoa was on Tuesday shut following an indefinite strike declared by health workers of the institution.

The workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions embarked on the strike to demand for the payment of their outstanding promotion arrears.

The strike embarked on by all categories of health workers at the centre, coupled with the ongoing doctors five weeks strike necessitated the closure of the hospital.

At the Physiotherapy Department, patients were forced out of the complex by representatives of the various health unions who locked up the facility.

Also, patients were dismissed at the General Out Patients Department where consultant physicians were rendering skeletal services.

Also read: Health workers shelve strike

Some critically ill patients on admission who were managed by consultants and nurses were also ejected.

Simon Bernabas, Coordinator of the Joint Health Sector Unions at FMC, Yenagoa, said on Tuesday that the various unions were compelled to embark on the indefinite strike after a three-day warning strike in June.

He said the refusal of FMC Yenagoa to pay promotion arrears and other outstanding allowances currently being enjoyed at other federal medical centres made the strike inevitable.

He added that they were awaiting an invitation by the hospital management to discuss their demands.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Ebitimi Etebu, said that the non-payment of outstanding arrears of allowance was due to shortfall in funding.



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