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Resident Doctors in UBTH embark on warning strike

Resident doctors at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) have embarked on a five-day warning strike.

President of the hospital’s resident doctors association, Dr Owen Omorogbe, said, Saturday, in Benin that the strike which began, Thursday, followed disagreement with the hospital’s management over welfare issues.

Owen said that the doctors want an end to problems of unpaid financial entitlements, casualisation of medical officers and poor job description for interns in the hospital.

He also said that the industrial action was to pressurise the management of the hospital to implement the new salary grade level approved for House Officers.

In her reaction, the Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Mrs Kehinde Ibitoye, said medical consultants had been directed to offer medical services pending the resolution of the matter.

“The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital was not around when the doctors embarked on the strike.

“The CMD will be around on May 11, and he will have a meeting with the association,’’ she said.

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