We’ll resolve suspension of Doctors’ Residency prog Today —Ondo Govt

By: Ade Adeleke

As controversy has continued to trail the alleged sack of some Doctors in Ondo state, the state government has dismissed a report that it has sacked some Residents doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMETH).

SUNSHINETRUTH learnt that Residents doctors were said to have been relieved of their duties by the Hospital’s management in a letter, to announce the suspension of the institution’s residency training programme from August 1st, 2020.

In a Press Statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo said the doctors were not sacked, however noted that the alleged suspension of the Residency programme of the hospital would be resolved on Monday, next week.

Ojogo said “the attention of the Ondo State Government has been drawn to the above subject as well as the attendant reactions that have understandably, trailed the development. The political warps are specifically, also noted with no serious concern.

“For the records, whatever issues that led to the strike action by the Doctors under the Residency Programme and the reprimand by the Management of UNIMED Teaching Hospital are currently being looked into. Such shall be resolved by Monday, hopefully.

“Government, therefore, wishes to urge the General public to be weary of those who have chosen to creep into an unavailable political space. This is a purely administrative and professional issue attracting a desirable attention and must not be politicised in any form.

“We wish to therefore emphasize that at no time did the State Government sack Doctors as the public is being made to erroneously believe. It should be noted that the UNIMED Residency arrangement is the first since the establishment of the Nation’s premier medical University. It is mostly undertaken by the Federal Government as many States do not find financial space for such.

“Nonetheless, it is pertinent to clarify that there is a wide difference between Doctors employed by the State Government and those under a Residency Programme.

“The Residency is a Post Graduate Programme usually sponsored by Governments even as such beneficiaries render services for a specific period. In effect, Doctors under the Residency Programme are more or less, temporary Staff members who qualify as Consultants after their period of training,” Ojogo said.

The Hospital urged all Resident doctors directly employed by the hospital to seek continuation of their programme in other institutions where there are ongoing training program.

The sacking of the Resident doctors might not be unconnected with the last week’s strike recently embarked upon by the doctors.

The letter announcing suspension of the residency programme dated June 23 and signed by Director of Administration of UNIMETH, Adeeyo Babatunde, said it was to allow the hospital focused on service delivery in order to combat COVID-19 outbreak without distraction of agitation from the Resident Doctors.

The letter said some Resident doctors might be considered for re-admission when the programme recommenced.

Spokesman of the Ondo ARD, Dr Taiwo Olagbe, listed their demands to include provision of PPE and other security measures to save their members from COVID-19, payment of outstanding arrears from September 2019 to May 2020, payment of 50 percent COVID-19 allowance amongst others.

Olagbe described the suspension of the Residency programme as a joke.

PRESS STATEMENT

PLANNED SUSPENSION OF RESIDENCY PROGRAMME NOT SACK OF MEDICAL DOCTORS

The attention of the Ondo State Government has been drawn to the above subject as well as the attendant reactions that have understandably, trailed the development. The political warps are specifically, also noted with no serious concern.

For the records, whatever issues that led to the strike action by the Doctors under the Residency Programme and the reprimand by the Management of UNIMED Teaching Hospital are currently being looked into. Such shall be resolved by Monday, hopefully.

Government, therefore, wishes to urge the General public to be weary of those who have chosen to creep into an unavailable political space.

This is a purely administrative and professional issue attracting a desirable attention and must not be politicised in any form.

We wish to therefore emphasize that at no time did the State Government sack Doctors as the public is being made to erroneously believe.

It should be noted that the UNIMED Residency arrangement is the first since the establishment of the Nation’s premier medical University. It is mostly undertaken by the Federal Government as many States do not find financial space for such.

Nonetheless, it is pertinent to clarify that there is a wide difference between Doctors employed by the State Government and those under a Residency Programme.

The Residency is a Post Graduate Programme usually sponsored by Governments even as such beneficiaries render services for a specific period. In effect, Doctors under the Residency Programme are more or less, temporary Staff members who qualify as Consultants after their period of training.

Signed

Donald Ojogo,
Commissioner for Information and Orientation
June 27, 2020

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