Striking medical doctors in the employment of Osun state government Sunday suspended its seven months old industrial action .
It would be recalled that doctors working with Osun state Hospital Management Board and those attached to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, embarked on industrial action to reject payment of modulated salaries among other grievances.
All efforts to broker peace between the two parties on the matter had met brick wall, as the doctors rejected all entreaties and treat to bring them back to work.
However, in a letter addressed to the state Head of Service signed by the state chairman of OSAMDO, Dr. I. Adekunle, copies of which were obtained by the newsmen yesterday, the doctors said the decision to suspend the strike was arrived at after considering the rising cases of avoidable deaths among the indigenes of Osun State.
The association also noted the efforts of the Speaker, Osun state House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salaam and some eminent medical practitioners in resolving the industrial crises. Speaking to our correspondent on the development, the state chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Suraj Ogunyemi explained that members of OSAMDO have decided to restrategise, adding that part of the new strategies is the suspension of the strike with immediate effect.
Ogunyemi said: “The OSAMDO members held their meeting last Wednesday and part of the decisions taken was the suspension of the ongoing industrial action. This development is coming despite the fact that government had not paid them their outstanding dues and their failure to accede to their demands.
“But in the interest of the good people of Osun, we cannot continue to ignore the intervention of the Speaker and other critical stakeholders. We just have to give them that honour”.