I cannot be held responsible for doctors’ strike – Health Minister

Posted: December 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Monday in Abuja declared that he was not responsible for the planned strike by the Nigerian Medical Association.
Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu I cannot be held responsible for doctors’ strike – Health Minister
NMA, the umbrella body of Nigerian doctors, at the weekend, directed its members to down tool as from Wednesday, following alleged breach of the agreement the body reached with the Federal Government.
The pact, among others, include far-reaching decisions on some challenges in the health sector, workplace conditions and the conditions of service of doctors.

The body had also called on Nigerians to hold the Minister responsible for whatever happens during the strike.

Reacting to the statement during the inauguration of the Boards of Management of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi; National Obstetric Fistula Centre, Abakaliki; and National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna, the Minister distanced himself from the position of the union.

He said, “Why would I be held responsible for the strike? Okay, I am now saying they should work so that nobody will say I asked them to go on strike. Actually, seriously speaking, there is no basis to hold me responsible, when I now imagine that each group feels I am not doing well for them.

“I know I am doing the right thing. It would have been absurd if only the non-doctors were accusing me; they would have said I am biased. If my colleagues are accusing me, this means I am for the truth. I don’t look at people’s face; what I want is in the interest of all Nigerians.”
“Of course, any of us can be a patient when strike commences. I am still pleading; we are still talking with them,” he said.

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