Tension in JUTH as Management sacks 25 doctors

A major industrial crisis is brewing at the Jos University Teaching Hospital following the disengagement of twenty -five doctors by the management of the teaching hospital.

The development is said to be causing tension in the hospital especially as the health institution is one of the Isolation centres for the covid-19 pandemic with many raising concern on how those quarantined inmates and other patients would get adequate medical treatment.

President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, JUTH branch, Dr Stephen Lukden who condemned the sack of twenty -five of his members called on the hospital management to reinstate the affected doctors in the interest of the people and industrial harmony.

In a letter addressed to the JUTH CMD, Prof. Edmund Banwat, the association described the sacking of the doctors as unjust and illegal.

The letter jointly signed by ARD President, Dr Lukden and the General Secretary, Dr Noel Nnaegbuna noted that the Medical Residency Training Act (MRTA) 2017 which was signed into law by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and gazetted on the 16th July 2018 stipulates guidelines on the conduct of residency training programme in the country.

They pointed out that the Federal Ministry of Health had also in a letter dated 18th June, 2019 directed all Chief Medical Directors in the Federal Tertiary Health Institutions to immediately begin the implementation of the gazetted MRTA acts and wondered why the JUTH management would go-ahead to sack the affected doctors in breach of the constitution. However, the CMD of JUTH, Prof. Edward Banwat has yet to comment on the matter.

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