Nigeria recalls about 800 fired doctors

2012-06-01 10:24

Lagos - Authorities in Nigeria's economic capital Lagos said on Thursday they had recalled all 788 doctors who were dismissed after they went on strike over pay.

The doctors, including consultants and specialists, were fired on 07 May after going on strike on 16 April. Authorities said the strike was illegal.

But Lagos state governor Babatunde Raji Fashola said on Thursday the medics would be reinstated after a myriad of appeals from politicians, residents and civil society groups.

"We cannot ignore these appeals. ... Therefore the issue of dismissal [of the doctors] is suspended immediately," he said in a televised interview.

The chairperson of the Nigerian Medical Association in Lagos, Dr Edamisan Temiye, said he was unaware of the recall.

"I heard the news just like any other person. We have not been officially informed of the development," he said.

The doctors launched the strike to press for settlement of alleged unpaid salaries and allowances by the Lagos state government.

The strike crippled health care services for more than six weeks in Lagos public hospitals and residents piled pressure on the government to rescind its decision.