Newly elected President of the association, Dr. John Onyebueze, gave the ultimatum at the end of NARD’s 26th Annual General Meeting in Enugu.
The resident doctors criticised government at all levels for the poor state of health care delivery in the country.
Onyebueze, who addressed journalists at the end of the meeting, said the current state of public health care delivery in the country was ‘pitiable’.
He demanded the immediate implementation of pending agreements between the government and health workers, warning that the association “cannot guarantee industrial harmony in the health sector if this persists beyond the payment of September salaries”.
Onyebueze said that the association was demanding the immediate upgrade of infrastructure in teaching hospitals, urgent action against poliomyelitis and Lassa fever, as well as the immediate release and implementation of the report on the Residency Training Programme.
He added that the association was unhappy with the disruption of the structure of the residency programme by chief medical directors of teaching hospitals.
Listing the grievances of the resident doctors, he added, “Are you talking about the rickety beds in the accident and emergency wards? We do not even have gloves and emergency tools. “We do not have pens to write and make prescriptions. We are saying that this thing must not continue.”
Onyebueze said only the implementation of outstanding agreements would forestall an industrial action by resident doctors across the country.
“The Federal Government should expedite action on the release of the bailout funds for State Tertiary Health Institutions as agreed earlier.
“The Federal Government should as a matter of urgency ensure the migration of all our members to the IPPIS platform.
“Centres that are not deducting pension contributions from our members should immediately commence, while all centres should ensure full remittance of deducted contributions of our members to the Pension Fund Administrators.”
The association said it does not agree with the ‘no work, no pay’ rule canvassed by the government during industrial actions.
“In line with extant labour laws, we reject in its entirety the ‘no work no pay’ rule as currently being applied by the Federal Ministry of Health,” Onyebueze said.