105 medical doctors resigned in Ondo State over poor welfare package

No fewer than 105 Medical Doctors resigned from the Ondo State hospitals in the last one year, according to Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state, Dr Stella Adegbehingbe.

He disclosed this in a statement attributed the mass resignation of medical doctors to the trend on irregular and percentage payment of salaries by the state government.

Adegbehingbe who lamented that the mass resignation of its association members from the state government’s workforce said this had affected the output in most of the public hospitals in the state.

She noted that most departments in the State-owned Teaching Hospital, which could hitherto boast of between six and eight Doctors are now left with one or two Doctors to attend to patients.

The statement reads, “Consequential vacancies in the medical officer cadre need to be urgently filled.

“About 50 medical Doctors in this cadre have left the employment of the Hospital Management Board without replacement over the last few months.

“Yawning vacancies exist in the Resident Doctor and Consultant cadres at the Teaching Hospital. These have remained difficult to fill due to the haphazard safety payments.

“We have it on good records that about 105 medical doctors have resigned their employment from the Teaching Hospital in the last year alone.

“Ondo State has not been able to engage requisite numbers of House officers since 2019. This has made our work almost impossible because this group of Doctors have a peculiar role in Health service delivery.”

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