The Lagos State Government says the sacked medical personnel violated rules guiding strikes

The Lagos State Government on Monday explained that it sacked 788 doctors in its employ because they failed to respond to queries issued to them for embarking on “an illegal strike”.

The purge affected 316 doctors of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and 472 of other state-owned hospitals.

The affected doctors had embarked on an indefinite strike on April 24 to demand full implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS) by the state government.

They had earlier been issued queries by the state government to explain why they had embarked on a three-day warning strike from April 11 to April 13.

According to Adesegun Ogunlewe, the state’s Head of Service, the doctors’ action contravened the rules guiding strikes in the state’s public service.

He said the decision of the doctors to shun the query showed disrespect for their employers as well as their jobs, and added that 373 new doctors have been employed by the government to immediately replace the dismissed doctors in the various hospitals across the state.

He said the government was still in the process of recruiting more specialists and consultants to ensure that no vacuum was left by mass sack.

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