The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has described as baseless, the purported three-day warning strike being embarked upon by health workers in the country.
Reacting in a press statement by his special assistant on Media and Communications, Dan Nwomeh, Chukwu acknowledged the receipt of a letter dated 17th January, 2014 from the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) threatening to proceed on a 3-day warning strike based on an alleged non implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached at the end of the meeting held between the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and JOHESU on the 7th and 8th of January, 2014 at the Conference Room of the Federal Ministry of Health Headquarters, Abuja.
Setting the records straight, he said, the publication was in response to the patently untrue allegation by JOHESU that the Federal Ministry of Health had virtually not succeeded in implementing any of the issues in contention.
According to him, the status of the Implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), include, the Implementation of Skipping of CONHESS 10.
Chukwu disclosed that on the 15th of November, 2013, the FMOH in a memo conveyed to all Chief Mdical Directors (CMDs) and (Medical Directors) MDs for their compliance, the Circular Ref. No. HCSF/EPO/EIR/B.63755/T1/19 dated 4th November, 2013 from the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation. The said circular dealt fully with this aspect of the judgement of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria pending the outcome of the appeal filed by the Federal Ministry of Health.
Secondly on the issuance of Circular on Consultants in line with the ruling of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, and iIssuance of Circular for the payment of Specialist Allowance to deserving officers, he noted that these items in the MoU under reference have been dealt with by the FMOH Circular No. MH/PM/138/VOL.11/78, dated 9th January, 2014.
He added that the affected officers are to be paid Specialist Allowance and the arrears accruing, as applicable, until the final outcome of the matter pending before the Court of Appeal
Courtesy – Leadership Newspaper