Aregbesola orders striking doctors to resume work



The Osun State Governor,  Rauf Aregbesola has issued a seven-day ultimatum to striking medical doctors in the state to return to their duty posts or be treated to have voluntarily resigned their appointments with the state government.

Aregbesola in a public service announcement released by the Permanent Secretary Human Resources and Capacity Building, Mr Sunday Festus Olajide on behalf of the government condemned the action of medical doctors for  not ready to show understanding like other labour unions during the period of national challenges on public finance.

The statement said that despite series of appeals by the government to medical doctors in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, and other government health institutions to show understanding during this trying period, the striking doctors have remained adamant.

It observed that the doctors have continued to draw their salaries in the last two months and still remain at home thus eating their cake and still want to have it.

The government in the statement said that any striking doctor that fails to return to work on or before the expiration of seven days ultimatum beginning from 18th December 2015 should consider himself or herself to have voluntarily resigned from employment of the state government.

The statement declared that the strike embarked upon by the doctors in the state public service including Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo, and other government health facilities) is illegal saying it does not follow due process, thereby breaching their professional oath.

It would be recalled that the medical doctors commenced an industrial strike since Monday, 28th September 2015 over welfare packages and irregular payment of salaries.

The statement said, during the on-going strike, appeals are still being made to the doctors to see reason with government on the National challenge in Public Finance, yet they are adamant.

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