Ondo government clarifies reports on sacking resident doctors

The government of Ondo State has made clarification on the state sack report of resident doctors.

Ondo state Information and Orientation Commissioner Donald Ojogo insisted in a statement he released that the suspension of the Residency program at the Teaching Hospital of the University of Medical Sciences does not amount to the sacking of doctors.

Ojogo, who stated that the UNIMED Residency arrangement was the first since the establishment of the nation’s premier medical university, added that it should not be politized as it is strictly an administrative and professional matter.

According to Mr. Donald, “It is mostly undertaken by the federal government as many states do not find financial space for such.

“Nonetheless, it is pertinent to clarify that there is a wide difference between doctors employed by the state government and those under a residency programme. The residency is a Post Graduate Programme usually sponsored by Governments even as such beneficiaries render services for a specific period.

” In effect, Doctors under the Residency Programme are more or less, temporary Staff members who qualify as Consultants after their period of training.”

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