The Lagos State Government said it has addressed the grievances of medical workers in its employ, hence they should return to work.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said this in a statement on Monday.
The workers, under the aegis of Medical Guild, had on Monday embarked on a three days strike to press home their demands.
But Omotoso in the statement said the state government had a meeting with the workers on Sunday to address the contending issues.
He said: “A joint meeting between the Honourable Commissioners for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle and the Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola as well as all the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of Health, Establishment and Information, was held on Sunday the 12th July, with the Medical Guild, Association of Resident Doctors and relevant stakeholders on the proposed warning strike.
“The meeting was convened at the instance of the Hon. Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions after a series of meetings held at the instance of the Head of Service on behalf of stakeholders in the State Government with the representatives of the Medical Guild, National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD), LASUTH branch and other relevant stakeholders to deliberate on the issues underlying the strike called by the Medical Guild.”
Omotoso said at the meeting, the Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo, appreciated the government for convening the meeting and then outlined the position of the workers and their grievances.
Sodipo said the issues included shortage of Doctors in the state, heavy taxation of health workers, request for residential quarters, entry point skipping policy for Doctors, hazard allowance for health workers, COVID-19 insurance cover, Medical Residency Programme, Personal Protection Equipment and involvement of the Guild in COVID-19 response committee.
Omotoso added in the statement: “It is pertinent to note that the State Government expresses extreme disappointment that the Guild continued with their warning strike despite a series of engagements with the State Government aimed at resolving some of the grievances raised, noting that many issues have already been resolved, whilst unresolved issues are still being deliberated upon.
“It is worrisome that some members of this noble profession would down tool at a time when their services are mostly required. We believe this action is insensitive and lacks empathy, which our profession epitomizes.
“The State Government therefore requests the members of the medical Guild who embarked on a three day warning strike today to return back to work.
“It is therefore imperative to correctly state the facts and action on the major issues raised by the Guild with respect to some issues affecting the frontline and indeed all health care personnel: