Amid the coronavirus pandemic, medical doctors employed by the Federal Capital Territory last year are being owed salaries between three to seven months, the Association of Resident Doctors, FCT, said in a communique.
The communique, signed by Dr. Mustapha Ibrahim, the General Secretary of ARDFCTA, was issued after a virtual council meeting on May 7, 2020.
In it, the doctors also alleged suspicious deductions from the salaries of old doctors after they were registered on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
The doctors stated that they would have embarked on a strike on May 1, 2020, but decided to wait.
The communique partly read, “The council noted with dismay the haphazard nature in which the April, 2020 salaries was paid by IPPIS with no prior sensitisation or explanation despite the April 30 deadline for all matters connected therewith be resolved.
“Most newly employed members were still omitted in the payment of April, 2020 salaries bringing the total months owed them to between three-seven months. There is an established community transmission of COVID 19 in the FCT with four of our members already exposed following the confirmation of two cases at Wuse District Hospital.
“Despite Management’s assertion of provision of adequate PPEs across all the general hospitals, it was noted by council that some of these PPEs are still been hoarded by some units as members do not readily access these apparels when attending to suspected cases.
“Exposed members are subjected to a lot of psychological trauma during this period of self-isolation.”
The management of Hospital Services, FCT, was yet to respond to this as at the time of filing this report.