Govt reverses placement of medics in academia in varsity salary structure

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The Federal Government has moved to avert the planned strike by the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria by halting their placement on the Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure from the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure.

The development followed a directive by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to the National Salaries Income and Wages, which was complied with on Saturday.

The medical consultants had threatened to withdraw their services with effect from Monday over the issue.

This is coming as the two-week-old industrial action embarked upon by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has led to the shutdown of hospitals across the country.

The MDCAN comprised senior doctors, who are medical consultants that teach and guide the resident doctors in their professional operation towards becoming specialists and consultants in their area of specialisation.

MDCAN had on July 26, 2021 issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government to reverse the removal of the consultants from CONMESS to CONUA salary scale by their employing universities.

The tertiary institutions had placed them on CONMESS about 10 years ago.

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