The Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, Jos, Plateau State has sacked 25 medical doctors working in the Institution.
”It is true, 25 residents received letter of termination of their residency training and we have information that some will get theirs in the weeks and months to come.
”We have not seen this kind of thing before,” Dr. Stephen Lukden, President of the National Association of Resident Doctors [NARD], JUTH Branch, confirmed the development.
In reaction, a letter, written and signed by Dr. Lukden and Dr. Noel Nnaegbuna – the General Secretary, was sent to Chief Medical Director [CMD], JUTH, Prof. Edmund Banwat, the Association asked the JUTH management to reverse the termination which they described as unjust and illegal.
The letter addressed to Prof. Banwat, noted the the Medical Residency Training Act [MRAT] 2017, which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari and gazetted on July 16, 2018 stipulated guidelines on the conduct of residency training programmes in the country.
Buttressing their points, the medics remarked that the Federal Ministry of Health had also, in June 18, 2019 letter, directDed all CMDs in the Federal tertiary health institutions to immediately begin the implementation of the gazetted MRAT acts. NARD therefore wondered why the JUTH management would go ahead to sack the doctors in breach of the Constitution.
The situation has thrown the hospital into total confusion and crisis as some patients are in critical conditions. JUTH is one of the NCDC approved isolation centers for covid – 19 pandemic. Many patients are under tension as their fate is hanging on the decision of the management.