Court orders striking Doctors back to their ward rounds.

Striking members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) were on Monday ordered to go back to work to suspend its nationwide strike by the Abuja Division of the National Industrial Court.

In a ruling on the ex parte application, Justice John Targema directed all parties in the suit to suspend all forms of hostilities pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

He said: “Having looked especially on the affidavit of extreme urgency, the grounds of the application, the affidavit in support of same and arguments of counsel for the applicant. I also weighed the submissions and arguments of counsel on the law as it stands on this application.

“It is hereby ordered that claimant/applicant and the defendant/respondent suspend all forms of hostilities forthwith pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

The FG had also instituted a suit against the association demanding an order interlocutory injunction which would stop the striking doctors from continuing the industrial action.

Recall that the doctors had on August 1 embarked on an indefinite strike over alleged irregular payment of salaries other issues.

Despite efforts by lawmakers to mediate between the federal government and NARD, the strike had continued to date.

The FG had also instituted a suit against the association demanding an order interlocutory injunction which would stop the striking doctors from continuing the industrial action.

The umbrella body of the Doctors, Nigerian Medical Association NMA told Nigerians that the Resident Doctors would not want to resume work and sign any memoranda of Understanding because they like other Nigerians do not trust the federal government.

The junior Doctors insisted they would not move unless government implement their lingering demands.



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