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Rights group concerned at firing of doctors

18 August 2014, 12:29

Abuja - The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has condemned the recent sacking of medical doctors by the Federal Government saying it would escalate the crisis in the health sector.

“We wish to make it clear that while we do not support the unbending posture of the doctors, whose industrial action has caused Nigerians many untold hardships, we do not believe that the sack order is the best way to go about resolving the matter,” TMG Chairman, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, said in a statement.

He said the protracted industrial dispute in the health sector had resulted in untold hardship for ordinary Nigerians.

A recent press release by the organisation chronicled the challenges facing Nigerians who it said were sick but had been unfortunately denied access to medical services from the public health institutions due to this strike.

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"All pleas by hapless Nigerians to both the Federal Government and the striking doctors to shift grounds, reach some compromise and end the impasse have failed," the TMG chairman stated.

He noted that ordinary Nigerians wanted an end to the crisis so they could begin to access medical services.

“We are against this latest draconian order by the government, pushing for the sack of the medical personnel. In our candid view, this move is a shot in the dark, which will not augur well for the goal of a speedy resolution of the crisis.”

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The group views this incessant disruption of services in the health sector as one of the many alleged dismal failures of governance in Nigeria.

“We believe a much more serious demonstration of governance would have provided a framework to prevent these incessant disruption of health services on which the common man relies. Even if the issues became knotty, and the strike was called, dexterous governance would have led to its quick resolution."

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