Strike causes us instability — LUTH

Prof. Chris Bode, Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), says the frequent industrial action embarked upon by medical doctors is causing instability in the system.

Bode made the remark on Monday at LUTH, Idi-Araba, during the inspection of facilities at the hospital by the Committee on Institutions.

He described strike as one of the major challenges facing the hospital, as the development had disrupted services, training and research.

“A lot of confidence developed within the clientele base during the past 20 months of the pandemic has also been lost.

“The rapidly deteriorating value of the Naira has an ongoing deleterious effect on awarded contracts and budget projections.

“All contractors have asked for variation and reviews because of cost overrun.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has more than halved patronage and attendance in hospitals, affecting generation and projected expansion,” Bode said.

According to him, the emigration of medical staff has eroded the staff strength in all professional cadres, as professional staff have been resigning and leaving for greener pastures.

He said that the staff shortage was caused by both the massive ongoing emigration and the expansion of facilities.

Responding, Chigozie Obi, Chairman, House Committee on Institutions, said that the essence of the visit was to ensure that budgetary provisions were appropriately utilised.

Obi commended the CMD for the ongoing rehabilitation of facilities in the hospital. (NAN) 

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