The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan chapter of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has urged both the striking doctors and the hospital management to sheath their swords for the sake of the suffering patients.
Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of the tertiary hospital has been on strike for almost two weeks now following its disagreement with the management of the hospital over some welfare and professional issues which the MDCAN described as legitimate.
Rising from an emergency congress on Saturday in Ibadan, MDCAN disclosed that it had set machinery in motion to address “the contentious issues in collaboration with the Resident Doctors and the UCH management”.
The General Secretary of UCH MDCAN, Victor Makanjuola in a statement made available to journalists after the congress said the consultants considered all issues being raised by the resident doctors, declaring them (the issues) as legitimate and urging the hospital management to speedily address them.
According to Makanjuola, “as important stakeholders and the leaders of the UCH Medical Community, the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN),University College Hospital, Ibadan branch wish to make the following comments about the ongoing industrial disputes between members of the Association of Resident Doctors(ARD) and the UCH management.
“Members of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in the hospital have been on strike since the 1st day of May,2015 due to some industrial disputes bothering on valid national and local issues affecting the resident doctors.
“The Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) UCH branch held an emergency congress to consider all the issues leading to the strike with a view to proffering solutions to the crisis and forestalling future occurrence.
“Subsequently, the MDCAN has set machinery in motion to address the contentious issues in collaboration with resident doctors and UCH management. We seek the kind of understanding of members of the public, as the matter is expeditiously resolved.
“Meanwhile, the resident doctors in their magnanimity have continued to work with consultants in offering clinical services in emergencies and intensive care unit for patients.
“We urge the hospital management to reciprocate this commendable gesture of the ARD by speedily addressing their grievances, which MDCAN regards as legitimate and germane to industrial peace and well being in the nation’s foremost hospital”, the statement added.