Medical Consultants, Senior Doctors Cry Out Over Decay In UBTH Equipment (pics)

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Doctor soaked in sweat inside UBTH theatre
may not be the best of times for patients at the University of Benin
Teaching Hospital (UBTH) as senior doctors and consultants have joined
the call for the repair in the decaying infrastructure and equipment in
the hospital which is affecting the delivery of health services in the

Surgeon’s sweat dripping on patient’s wound during surgery
the declaration of a state of emergency UBTH Edo State due to
infrastructure decay and management irresponsibility, the Medical and
Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) UBTH Chapter have
ultimatum to the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Michael
Ibadin, notifying him of an industrial action they would embark on if
the hospital management does not fix the anomalies being experienced in
the prestigious teaching hospital which started since the CMD took over.
The association is made up consultants and senior staff members of the

In a letter dated April 4, 2017 and signed by the
association’s Chairman, Prof. C.A Okonkwo Secretary, Dr. S.U. Okugbo
(Secretary), the consultants said that the failure of management to
appropriately tackle the issue of decaying of infrastructure and
equipment at the hospital, poor working environment and non-implement
policies concerning the welfare of doctors as approved by the Federal
Government for doctors led to an Emergency General Meeting (EMG) which
held on Monday, April 3, 2017 and hence their decision to embark on an
industrial strike.

consultants stated in the letter their grievances as, “poor working
environment in the hospital, as evident by non-functionality of the
Radiology Department (x-ray machines, ultrasound machines),
non-functional Radiotherapy machine, malfunctioning air conditioners in
theatre, epileptic power supply especially to Pathology department.”

association also lamented that their members are, “aggrieved about the
haphazard implementation of skipping for honourary consultants to the
total exclusion of hospital consultants as well as the reversal in entry
point of consultants from CONMESS 5, step 7 t0 5 step 1.”
also said in the letter that members of the association are also “vexed
with the persistent shortfalls in salaries of honourary consultants
since July 2016 without any visible resolution in the horizon.”

of these issues discussed during the emergency session resulted in the
association resolving that management should start the “correction of
all inadequacies in the provision of health services in the hospital
X-ray machines and the repair of theatre air conditioners as well as the
provision of equipment for use in clinical and rehabilitation areas.”

UBTH Theatre room with poor lights and leaking roofs
consultants also demanded for skipping for all consultants whether
honourary or hospital and a return to entry point CONMESS 5 step 7 for
consultants as approved by the Board of Management UBTH as well as
payment for all outstanding shortfalls for honourary consultants for
July, September, October, November and December 2016 and January 2017.

consultants while giving a 21 day ultimatum to management to meet all
their demands or face a full blown strike reminded the CMD, Prof Ibadin,
that members of MDCAN have been supportive of his administration and
shown patience and understanding with respect to salaries shortfall
since last year even as the hospital is regarded as the highest grossing
internally generated revenue (IGR) in the whole country.

move by the consultants is coming following an appeal to them by the
members of the Association of Resident Doctors (UBTH) who called for
their intervention in the faceoff the ARD were having with the CMD over
the decay in infrastructure and payment of salaries and arrears of their
members some of who were being owed 12 months salaries.

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