Resident doctors may suspend strike set for Friday

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has indicated its willingness to suspend its planned strike billed to commence on Friday, May 7.

NARD dropped this hint after a meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday, in Abuja.

In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, Lanre Lasisi, the doctors said they would suspend the planned strike, as soon as they received their salary arrears ranging from one to five months.

The statement said that NARD took the position after the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said funds were available for the payment.

The minister assured that her ministry would pay once a verified list of the beneficiaries was received, giving her word that payment would be made by May 7.

The statement also said that the Director-General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, had confirmed at the meeting that his office was already in receipt of the list.

It could be recalled that the resident doctors had in April embarked on an indefinite strike, after making some demands, which included non-payment of house officers and abolishment of…

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