Since Issues Addressed, Return To Work, Lagos Tells Doctors -TimeTestedNews

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Lagos State government has called on doctors who embarked on a three-day warning strike on Monday in the state to return to work, just as it expressed disappointment over their actions.

In a statement issued by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, the government said it was regrettable that the doctors still went ahead with their action despite some of the problems having been resolved.

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The government emphasised that it was more painful, because it came at a time when the services of the doctors were most needed.

The statement reads: “It is pertinent to note that the State Government expresses extreme disappointment that the Guild continued with their warning strike despite a series of engagements with the State Government aimed at resolving some of the grievances raised, noting that many issues have already been resolved, whilst unresolved issues are still being deliberated upon.

“It is worrisome that some members of this noble profession would down tool at a time when their services are mostly required. We believe this action is insensitive and lacks empathy which our profession epitomises.”

The state government however promised that it would continue to play its part in ensuring the battle over COVID was won.

It urged the Medical Guild to continue to take full advantage of the dispute resolution processes provided by the state to resolve all issues bearing in mind that “these are unusual times for the nation and the entire world.”

The government assured citizens that while negotiation was ongoing, services at all state-owned health facilities could still be accessed.