Doctors at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State have commenced an industrial action due to poor conditions of service and unpaid arrears. The medical practitioners, under the aegis of Dental Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso chapter, announced the withdrawal of their services to save the institution from total collapse. The association’s chairman, Dr. Ayobami Alabi and Secretary, Dr. Taiwo Alatishe, disclosed the decision to journalists, saying it was based on a congress resolution and the expiration of the ultimatum.
The association explained that the decision was taken after it critically observed the situation and there was no definite assurance that the issue would soon be resolved partly or wholly. They also stated that the association had suspended all their services over poor services in the hospital.
In an appeal to the public, traditional rulers, critical stakeholders, and the Oyo State government, the association urged them to come to the rescue of the teaching hospital. They said, “The congress hereby resolves by this press release to inform the public of the notice of withdrawal of our services beginning from 08:00 a.m on Monday May 8, following the expiration of our ultimatum. This is done to safeguard the hospital from total collapse and to reposition the hospital for better training, research, and services that the hospital is established to provide.”
The situation with the LAUTECH doctors underscores the need for better working conditions and remuneration for healthcare practitioners in Nigeria. It is crucial to address the issues that have led to the industrial action and find a lasting solution that will ensure the sustainability of the institution and the wellbeing of the patients who depend on it. The government should prioritize the welfare of healthcare workers and provide them with the necessary support to carry out their duties effectively. Failure to do so will have serious consequences for the healthcare system and the Nigerian people