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FG implements “no work, no pay” for resident doctors on strike



Federal tertiary hospitals have been ordered to enforce the “no work, no pay” policy against the resident doctors on strike by the Federal Government of Nigeria. 

The mandate was contained in a letter signed by the Director of Hospital Services, Andrew Noah, and it entails withholding regular salaries from doctors who are participating in the ongoing strike.

The directive, issued through the Director of Hospital Services, conveys the government’s disappointment at the continuation of the strike despite numerous attempts at resolution.

Noah revealed that despite conciliatory meetings involving various stakeholders, including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the National Assembly, they had failed to reach an agreement.

He also stated the government’s commitment to uphold the principles of the “no work, no pay” policy, as previously outlined in circular Ref. No.58598/8.1/II/182 dated June 22, 2016, by the Federal Ministry of Health.

“I am directed to inform you that the Federal Ministry of Health has instituted the policy of “No work, No Pay” against the striking resident doctors in line with circular Ref. No.58598/8.1/II/182 dated June 22, 2016,” Noah said.

Noah, however, directed hospitals to keep a comprehensive attendance register that includes the names of resident doctors who are willing to work despite the strike.

“I am further directed to request you to maintain an attendance register for all residents willing to work and furnish the ministry of such names every month.”

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