The Medical Guild Emergency Congress was held on Saturday 27th June, 2020 and it was well attended by over 300 members.
The Chairman of the Guild, Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo gave detailed overview of the activities of the Medical Guild executives and the engagements with government on the issues that are affecting our members, including the strike ultimatum given to the Lagos State Government which centered on four (4) major issues:
- COVID 19 response issue that affect our members and non-inclusion of the Medical Guild in the activities
- Lagos State Minimum Wage, Salary disparity between FG and LASG doctors, MOU between FG and health care workers unions/ associations on COVID 19 allowances
- Shortage of Doctors
- Medical Residency Training Act , The Chairman explained the various engagements between the executives of Guild and the State Government agencies which had culminated in the issuance of a memo for the employment of 376 doctors by Health Service Commission. He, however, mentioned that other issues are yet to be finalized. Members made very useful contributions to the discourse over several hours at the end of which three(3) motions were moved:
A. LASG should be given two(2) weeks to complete at least 70% of our demands and if not met, Guild should proceed on the three days warning strike.
B .LASG should be given four(4) weeks to meet at least 80% of our demands and if not met, Guild should proceed on three days warning strike
C. To commence the three days warning strike as scheduled
At the end of voting, motion A had majority of votes.
Following the votes, the Medical Guild resolved that the LASG should be given two(2) weeks ultimatum, starting from Monday 29th June 2020 to meet at least 70% of the demands. If these demands are not met by then, an emergency Representative Council meeting should be held for immediate activation of Medical Guild three (3) days warning strike.
Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo
Dr Ajibowo Ismail