Courts orders resident Doctors back to work as NARD refuses to resume duty

Written by on August 24, 2021

The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, ordered the National Association of Resident Doctors to suspend its strike, which commenced on August 2, 2021.
Justice John Targema made the order while delivering his ruling on an ex parte application brought before the court by the Federal Government.
The court stated that the application was granted after carefully considering the processes filed by the applicants.
But NARD, in its reaction, said it would not suspend the strike despite the court ruling.
He also ordered the issuance and service of hearing notice for the motion on notice to be served.
It Would recalled that the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Labour and Employment, had filed an ex parte motion praying the court for an interlocutory injunction restraining the members of NARD in all the states of the federation from continuing with the strike action.
In the affidavit supporting its application, the Federal Government had argued that the matter at stake bordered on life and death, and was an urgent one, which needed the court’s intervention.
It stated that the strike, which has lasted  three weeks, had caused untold suffering to the people and accounted for the death of persons who could not access the medical services provided by the respondents.
NARD had earlier stated that the strike action was as a result of the government’s failure to meet its demands as contained in the Memorandum of Action endorsed by both parties in 2014.

Source: PUNCH


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