The state government described the proposed solidarity strike as blackmail by NUPENG and Nigerian Medical Association.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, the state government said NUPENG wanted to inflict more pains on the people through its sympathy strike.
Ibirogba said while the government had taken steps to restore normalcy in the health sector in the state, “NUPENG has shown clearly by its rash ultimatum that it had a clear political agenda.
“It is most unfortunate that NUPENG’s voice was not raised in defence of doctors in the military hospitals who have not been paid for nine months, while calling a strike in support of doctors who are well paid up to date but who chose to abandon their patients with many avoidable deaths recorded.
“In other climes, the doctors should be facing prosecution now.”
According to the statement, NUPENG is using the doctors’ strike as a subterfuge to get back at the state government for spearheading the clearing of Apapa which has become a nightmare due to indiscriminate parking and blockade of the roads by tanker drivers.
Ibirogba cautioned NMA branches in the Federal Capital Territory and Oyo State against their support for the doctors, saying the medical profession was one that should be guided by decorum.
The Commissioner said, “The state government will not be stampeded or intimidated by the antics of politically sponsored unions into abdicating its responsibilities to the citizenry and the rest of its workforce.”
The statement also reiterated the state government’s warning against the alleged intimidation of old and newly employed doctors working in the state hospitals.