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Ondo govt denies sacking striking doctors

The Ondo State Government has refuted a report that it has sacked some medical doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital .
A media report said the resident doctors at the UNIMETH have been sacked following the industrial action embarked upon by the doctors of the institution . The report added that their sacking followed the suspension of the institution ’s residency training programme from August 1, 2020.
However , the government said it only planned to suspend the residency programme being run in the teaching hospital but not to sack the doctors .
In a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information , Mr Donald Ojogo , on Saturday, the government declared that the government did not sack any doctor in the state .
The commissioner stated that the government would resolve the crisis with the striking doctors by Monday .
Ojogo said , “The matter is a purely administrative and professional issue attracting desirable attention and must not be politicised in any form .
“We wish to, therefore , emphasize that at no time did the state government sack doctors as the public is being made to erroneously believe . It should be noted that the UNIMED residency arrangement is the first since the establishment of the nation ’ s premier medical university. It is mostly undertaken by the Federal Government as many states do not find financial space for such .
“Nonetheless , it is pertinent to clarify that there is a wide difference between doctors employed by the state government and those under a Residency Programme .”
He also explained that “the residency is a post-graduate programme usually sponsored by governments even as such beneficiaries render services for a specific period. In effect , doctors under the residency programme are more or less, temporary staff members who qualify as consultants after their period of training .”
Meanwhile , the letter announcing the suspension of the residency programme dated June 23 and signed by Director of Administration of UNIMETH , Adeeyo Babatunde , said it was to allow the hospital focused on service delivery in order to combat COVID – 19 outbreak without the distraction of agitation from the Resident Doctors .
The letter said some resident doctors might be considered for re – admission when the programme recommenced .

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