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Overworked LAUTECH medical doctors ship SOS to Makinde

Overworked members of the Association of Residents Doctors, Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State chapter, have appealed to the state governor, Seyi Makinde, to handle the dire state of affairs they’re at the moment going through.

The LAUTECH medical doctors in a collection of posts on X on Sunday, lamented the unattractive remuneration package deal, noting that the state of affairs is a major deterrent for potential candidates.

They careworn that the failure to handle these monetary issues compromises affected person care and undermines the hospital’s capability to retain certified medical professionals.

The tweet reads, “LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso wants your pressing intervention @seyiamakinde. Our medical doctors are overworked attributable to a scarcity of manpower. No one desires to come back due to abysmal pay.

“Residents taking back-to-back calls are prone to errors while covering multiple. LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso is the only teaching hospital in the South West yet to pay new hazard allowance, MRTF and new CONMESS.”

Also, a physician within the hospital who goes by the title The Nigerian Doctor on X additionally lamented that they’re overworked attributable to a scarcity of employees within the facility.

He famous that the hospital is at the moment working with solely 70 resident medical doctors, as a substitute of the required 270 and 10 home officers, as a substitute of 48 on account of poor welfare on the a part of the federal government.

His put up learn, “Your Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde @seyiamakinde, Governor of Oyo State @oyostategovt. With a heavy coronary heart, I write to you on behalf of Nigerian Resident Doctors @lth_ard, who’re working at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital @lautech.

“Sir, you’re conscious of the mind drain in Nigeria as 1000’s of our colleagues have fled the nation searching for greener pastures (Japa). If well-paying metropolitan cities like Lagos are struggling to retain medical doctors, think about the disaster Ogbomosho shall be going through.

“As of the last count, LAUTECH-TH has 70 resident doctors, instead of 270! 10 house officers, instead of 48! We are informed three doctors resigned last week alone.”

The physician additionally emphasised that the scarcity of employees poses dangers to sufferers because the remaining medical doctors are overworked.

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“Can you think about how overworked the remaining medical doctors shall be? Can you think about the risks the nice residents of Oyo State face, as they’re being handled by exhausted medical doctors, who’re working back-to-back shifts, attributable to a scarcity of fingers?

“I will not be surprised if more doctors tender their resignation letters, at this rate. In fact, it is a wonder the resident doctors have not proceeded on strike, to protest their meagre income,” he added.

Making particular calls for, the physician added, “Sir, Nigerian medical doctors plead with you to implement the beforehand authorized funds for Medical Residency Training Fund; CONMESS 35% wage enhance; hazard allowance; and intern waiver allowance.

“We have been privy to the abundance of correspondence, hearings, and negotiations about these funds. We have been informed that the only pending but most crucial step is for you to sign your approval and these funds will roll out ASAP.”

When contacted for response, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Suleiman Olarewaju, promised to get again to our correspondent.

As of the time of submitting this report, he has but to revert.

“Let me get the latest information, I will get back to you,” he mentioned.

In December 2021, the Federal Government elevated the hazard allowances relevant to well being staff in its healthcare amenities throughout the nation.

This was contained in a round with reference SWC/S/04/S.218/11/406 dated December 22, 2021, by the Chairman of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission.

“Concerning the evaluate of the hazard allowance relevant to well being staff within the providers of the federal hospitals, medical centres, and clinics in ministries, departments, and companies.

“The hazard allowance was reviewed to a flat rate that ranges from N5,000 to between N15,000 and N34,000 for health workers on the CONHESS salary structure, while doctors on CONMESS had theirs reviewed from N5,000 to between N32,000 and N40,000,” the round reads.



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