Doctors in Federal Government Hospitals in Lagos State are to begin an indefinite strike on Friday (today).
The Lagos State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Temiye Edamisan, who announced the decision on Thursday, said the strike was to protest against the sacking of 788 medical doctors by the state government.
Edamisan said the strike would continue until the sacked doctors were recalled by the state government.
He said, “We are withdrawing services till the state government recall the sacked doctors and start a genuine dialogue and negotiation.
“This is to fight injustice and we are pained to do this.”
Affected hospitals include the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Federal Medical Centre, Ebutte-Metta, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba and the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos.
Also, the President of the LUTH chapter of the Association of Resident Doctors, Dr. Adetunji Adenekan, said doctors in federal hospitals would be withdrawing their services from the emergency units.
He added that the association would use all available measures to protest the sacking of the doctors.
He said, “We will embark on a statewide solidarity strike action which will commence by 08:00hours on Friday, 18th of May, 2012.
“All emergency wards would be shut down. We will not admit new patients. Only patients that are already in the wards would be taken care of during this indefinite strike. “Our view is that an injustice to one is an injustice to all.”