By Therese Nanlong
The Administration of the Jos University Educating Hospital, JUTH has refuted claims that the hospital sacked 25 docs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic saying relatively, the hospital prolonged the tenure of the Resident Docs who claimed to have been sacked by the hospital.
JUTH in a press release by its Chief Medical Director, CMD, Professor Edmund Banwat berated the affected docs for discrediting the hospital Administration regardless of its “good intention” and urged all to know that JUTH nonetheless remains “among the many greatest coaching establishments within the nation.”
In response to him, “The eye of the Management of the Jos College Educating Hospital, JUTH has been sadly drawn to the unlucky allegation of “sack” of 25 Resident Docs in the hospital. It must be noted that Administration has not “sacked” Anyone Resident Physician, fairly the tenure of their coaching programme had expired since 2018.
“The Board of Administration had granted one-year extension with an extra two months that might terminate on 30th June, 2020 to this group of Residents which have exhausted their tenure. Slightly than thanking God and Management, the Residents have determined to embark on a voyage of systematic campaign of discrediting Administration for her good intention.
“It's a truism that the Residency Coaching interval is tenured and people Residents who have exhausted their tenure should exit to pave approach for the admission of latest Residents. Through the years, Administration had been magnanimous in exiting Residents with lapsed tenure. This magnanimity is clearly seen in a number of extensions granted to Residents to allow them write their Postgraduate examination both at Half I or Half II levels.
“For the avoidance of doubt, JUTH has remained among the many greatest training institutions in the nation with near 500 Resident Docs in training.”
It might be recalled that President of the National Affiliation of Resident Docs, JUTH branch, Dr Stephen Lukden, had stated 25 of his members acquired their letters of terminations without any cogent purpose to back up the management’s determination.
Lukden declared thus: “Sure it's true. Twenty-five Residents acquired letters of termination of their residency coaching and we now have info that some will obtain theirs in the weeks/months to return. We've got not seen this type of factor earlier than”
In a letter addressed to the JUTH CMD, Prof. Edmund Banwat, the affiliation requested the hospital’s management to reverse the sack letters issued to its members describing the motion as unjust and unlawful.
The letter collectively signed by ARD President, Dr Stephen Lukden and the Common Secretary, Dr Noel Nnaegbuna famous that the Medical Residency Training Act (MRTA) 2017 which was signed into regulation by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and gazetted on the 16th July 2018 stipulates tips on the conduct of residency coaching programme within the nation.
They pointed out that the Federal Ministry of Health had additionally in a letter dated 18th June 2019 directed all Chief Medical Directors within the Federal Tertiary Well being Institutions to right away start the implementation of the gazette.