Psychiatric resident doctors vow to continue strike


The Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, has resolved to continue its ongoing indefinite strike demanding for optimal mental healthcare for patients.
The President of the association, Dr Afeez Enifeni, said in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos that the strike would continue until the management addressed the work experience of the overworked doctors.
Enifeni said that the doctors had on August 19 held a meeting to review the current industrial action.
The doctors accused the hospital management of being insensitive to the plight of the in and out patients, who according to him, are receiving suboptimal mental health services.
He said: “The hospital management has blatantly refused to replace the annual exit of resident doctors for the past four years.
“Instead, they have let patient load and clinical work increase significantly for hapless resident doctors whose health and academic pursuits have suffered irreparably.
“In the light of the above, the management’s insistence on employing only five locum doctors is highly provocative of our demands.
“It hardly improves the status quo which already puts overworked resident doctors at the brink of academic failure, health challenges and malpractice suits.”
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the hospital’s management to do the needful in line with the administration’s next level agenda.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the resident doctors had embarked on an indefinite strike on July 31 over non-employment of more resident doctors at the hospital.