Doctors in Lagos State, under the aegis of Medical Guild, have rejected the new minimum wage paid to workers by the state government, saying it is below the expectations of civil servants.
Chairman of the Guild, Babajide Saheed, made the doctors’ decision known on Monday at a media briefing on the Scientific Conference scheduled to hold on December 3 and 4 in Lagos.
Saheed stated that the new minimum wage was unacceptable, the Guild was not part of the negotiations which was communicated to government, adding that it was still awaiting response.
He called for the exemption of tax on call duty paid to doctors, saying it would lighten the tax burden on members of the Guild, as was the practice during the administration of former Governor Bola Tinubu.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Saliu Oseni, urged the public to treat health workers with respect.
He stated that the government should be held responsible and accountable for problems of service delivery in the health sector and not the workers.
Oseni also appealed to the Nigerian Police to desist from harassing and arresting medical doctors over deaths of patients, saying the issue might discourage doctors from treating patients if not stopped.