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FG to tackle acrimony among health workers

The Minister of Health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan who made this known yesterday after a meeting with different stakeholders in the health workers said  that all…

The Minister of Health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan who made this known yesterday after a meeting with different stakeholders in the health workers said  that all parties have agreed to work together and end any acrimony that exists among them.
According to him the era of recurrent strikes by various unions or groups to push for their demands while trying to undermine another group is finally over as agreed by all stakeholders.
“We have had several meetings with all the stakeholders in the industry and we have agreed to work as a team to improve the health sector. We held meetings with chief medical directors of hospitals, who have had challenges dealing with the personnel under them and we asked them to be liberal in their decisions and treat all personnel’s without favoritism”.
“We have also spoken at length with the various unions and associations in the health sector to work as a team,” he said.
He added that after much consultation all parties have agreed to desist from the practice of proceeding on strike especially if they feel other parties have had an upper hand.
“We have all realized that nothing can be achieved if we continue in this manner, we have asked doctors,  the NMA not to react  negatively to the promise by President  Goodluck Jonathan to look into the demands of JOHESU”.
“Our health system is suffering due to this tactic by unions, we are losing patients in their dozens across the country, and as a system we cannot afford that, the goal now is to have an effective system that is centred around the care of the patient”.
“All the grievances of all parties are being looked into by the president, and a lot of progress has been made to resolve them”.
Dr Khaliru Alhassan observed that an agreement has already been reached by all parties to put aside their grievances and work together to improve the health sector.

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