FCTA withdraws threat to sack doctors after Reps’ intervention

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has withdrawn a circular, mandating members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to resume work within 48 hours or face sack.

This followed the intervention of the House of Representatives through its House Committee on Health Services.

The Committee led by its chairman, Rep. Tanko Sununu, FCTA and the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) met on Friday.

It was resolved that a committee of five persons be set up comprising a member of NMA, two members of the NARD FCT Chapter and two FCTA staff, to look into the issues relating to the payment of the doctors and report back.

It was also resolved that FCT Administration should source for funds from alternative sources to pay flat rate to 36 Doctors that have not been paid between six to seven months pending when the issue is resolved.

The NMA, led by its President Dr. Francis Faduyile informed the Committee that the national body had directed all his members on strike to resume duties at their posts.

Faduyile assured that the association will continue with the negotiations with the FCTA on behalf of the striking doctors.

He hailed National Assembly’s intervention in the matter and the national emergency on coronavirus

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