As innocent patients and citizens continue to suffer in government hospitals across Nigeria due to the ongoing strike by resident doctors, the best solution the Federal Government has come up with is the inauguration of a committee to smoothen out the payment of resident doctors by removing the irregularities encountered in the process.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, gave this hint at the end of a meeting between the representatives of the federal government and NARD on Saturday.
The committee is part of ongoing efforts to resolve the payment dispute between the government and the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), which led to the ongoing industrial action by the association.
Ngige noted that the meeting agreed to set up the committee after noting “the payment of House Officers’ salaries experienced some irregularities as double payments were made to some officers in some centres, while a few have not been paid as of date.”
The five-man committee was given 72 hours from Saturday, 10th April to produce a valid list of names of House Officers to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), through the Federal Ministry of Health.
The committee members were drawn from the Federal Ministry of Health, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), IPPIS, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), NARD, Committee of Chief Medical Directors (CCMDs).