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…Opt For Out Of Court Settlement
By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The National Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD), has
called on President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Residency Training Program (RTP) Act in order to lay to rest all contentious issues affecting it members in the country.
Even as NARD has withdrawn the suit against Jos University Teaching Hospital, (JUTH) Management over the sacked of its members and opted for out of court settlement.
This is contained in a statement signed by Dr. Ugochukwu Chinaka and Dr. Osinachukwu Nnadi; President and Secretary-General respectively of NARD and made available to the media in Kaduna on Satuday, June 2, 2018.
According to the statement, NARD resolved to shelve all actions capable of hampering industrial harmony in the health sector, considering the plight of patients as well as the need to protect the health sector of the nation.
NARD commended all the Resident Doctors across the country, who put in their best during the last JOHESU strike; adding that the sincere act of service has further demonstrated the Association’s commitment to the cause of patients and true allegiance to their pledge.
The statement reads in part: “NEC unanimously and humbly requests the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to use his good office to graciously assent to the RTP Act in order to lay to rest all the contentious issues affecting Resident Doctors in Nigeria.
“NARD NEC having deeply considered the plight of our patients and the need to protect the country’s health sector, resolved to shelve all actions capable of hampering industrial harmony in the health sector.
“NARD has withdrawn the suit against the JUTH Management and has opted for Out of Court Settlement on the issue of unjustly sacked Resident Doctors in JUTH.
“NEC salutes all Resident Doctors across the nation who put in their best during the last JOHESU strike.
“As believers in advocacy and constructive engagement, the NARD leadership has gone about our negotiations diligently, and we will be exploring all avenues necessary in resolving disputes, particularly having at the back of our mind the centrality and importance of the patient in all of these social and health equations.
NARD enjoins all our Members to continue to work assiduously towards uplifting the image of the Health Sector and to continue our dedication to patient management. We urge you, even the more, to improve on what you are doing at the moment.
“NARD also urges all Members to embrace other Health Workers as they return to work because we are partners in progress and extend a warm hand of fellowship so we move together in one purposeful direction-Quality Patient Management.
“NARD believes that the Federal Government of Nigeria would meet all our outstanding agreement as contained in the 06/09/2017 Memorandum of Terms of Settlement (MOTOS) between Government, NARD and NMA and also sort out all our outstanding welfare issues in the shortest possible time.