The 30 doctors allegedly sacked by the management of Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi displayed their sack letters earlier today Wednesday, as they called on the state Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom to intervene.
In a press briefing with newsmen, the President of the Association of Resident Doctors in the institution said about 32 of their members were sacked by the management. According
to her, the sack was not in accordance with the laws regulating Residency Training in Nigeria.
She dispelled the statement of the hospital management who said they had not domesticated the Residency Training law in the hospital, hence were took their actions based on the hospital policy.
The President said, “The Medical Residency Training Act (MRTA) was passed by the national assembly in 2017. A year later, it was signed into law by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari.
“The Act regulates Residency Training in institutions anywhere in Nigeria and Benue State University Teaching Hospital is in Nigeria and ought to abide by the law”.
She called on the Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom to intervene in order to avert crisis in the health sector of the state.
“We are, again, appealing to the amiable Executive Governor of Benue State, His Excellency Dr Samuel Ortom and all other well-meaning sons and daughters of Benue State to prevail on the management of Benue State University Teaching Hospital to obey the law, in order to avert a crisis in the health sector of the state.”
Efforts to get access to the Chief Medical Director, Prof Terrumun Swende proved abortive. A source confirmed that he was in a closed meeting with the Governor over the matter and could not respond to calls and messages.