Resident doctors reject FG’s 25% salary increase

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has rejected the 25 per cent increase made to the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure by the Federal Government.

The Joint Health Sector Unions also said it was studying if the increase of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure would have an impact on other allowances of its members.

The government had on July 25, 2023, approved the review of  CONMESS and CONHESS for medical and dental doctors, and other healthcare workers in the public service, respectively.

The reviews were contained in circulars titled, “Review of CONMESS,” and “Review of CONHESS,” signed by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta.

The commission said the decision to review CONMESS was taken following agreements reached with the Nigerian Medical Association, and stakeholders at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The commission also said the review of CONMESS was made following the review of the health sector salary structure.

Commenting on the review of the salary, the President of NARD, Dr Emeka Orji, said the 25 per cent was not what the association was demanding from the government.

“The members of the association say they do not want that percentage increase. The increase is meant to be based on data. We have provided the data, which has to do with the inflation rate, between when the CONMESS was approved and now that there is an increase in fuel and foreign exchange.”

Commenting on the review, the National Vice Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Unions, Obinna Ogbonna, said the review was supposed to be an allowance.

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