The House of Representatives Committee on Health Services has intervened in the face-off between the federal government and Resident doctors.

The National Association of Resident doctors last Monday resumed its suspended nationwide strike over allegations that the government did not keep to its side of the Memorandum of Action which led to the suspension of the industrial action in May.

The intervention came few days after the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has declared a tough stand against the striking doctors.

Dr. Ngige said the government has the power to sack any of its employee who fails to carry out its duty for whatever reason.

The doctors on their part seems unbothered as they insist the strike continues until the arears of their salaries are paid up.

At the meeting brokered by the Committee, its chairman, Tanko Sununu, appealed to all parties to priotise the health of the poor masses who patronise government owned hospitals.

The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Health, the Budget office, the leadership of the Resident doctors, Chief Medical Directors of government owned hospitals, among other key actors.

At the end of the meeting which lasted over five hours, the meeting set up a subcommittee to meet on Tuesday and iron out all areas of disagreement between the government and the resident doctors.


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