Osun Govt to Striking Doctors: Enough of Disregard for Law

The tug of war between Osun State Government and medical doctors in the state took a worst turn on Friday.
The doctors, who have been on war part with Rauf Aregbesola led government since September 2015, when they embarked on strike action, have been told by the state government to permanently stay at home and never to return to their duty post.
It will be recalled that Governor Rauf Aregbesola had in January threatened to implement the civil service rule against the doctors.
The doctors had on Tuesday this week taken their case before the state House of Assembly and were that the House meet with the Governor to resolve the lingering crisis.
However, Dr. Simon Afolayan, the Chairman, Special Committee on Health, Friday in Osogbo said for failure to resume work for onward of six months, it has been accepted by the government that they had resigned their appointments.
Afolayan, who said this during a press confetence, explained that though no doctor has been issued sack letter, but for their refusal to work for more than six months, it is deemed they have resigned willingly.
Afolayan said, ”Doctors are part of the civil service and by the civil service rule you cannot abandon your duty post for six months without reason and not face the consequences. If you do so, it is deemed that you have resigned your appointment. This rule has taken effect.”
Afolayan stated that those who still wanted to work with the government had been given a fresh opportunity.
He said the state could not afford to pay the doctors’ salaries in full because of the financial crisis facing the state and the nation.
Afolayan said the demands of the doctors were unrealistic.
He said if the government met their demands there would be anarchy in the state and would be unable to meet its obligations to other sectors in the state.
He said the state has not sacked any of the doctors but the doctors continuous absence from work for six months means they were no longer interested in working for the state government.
Meanwhile, the state government said it had advertised the positions, according to Afolayan some doctors have started to apply for the vacant positions.

Author: News Editor

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