Anguish in LASUTH as doctors embark on strike
Medical doctors under the auspices of the Association of Resident Doctors in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, (LASUTH, LASUTH-ARD), made good their threat to embark on a three-day warning strike Wednesday.
. The medical doctors had Sunday issued a threat to embark on strike over the shortage of resident doctors and house officers in the hospital.
IT was indeed a day of pain and anguish for patients at the Teaching Hospital as doctors left them unattended.
Many of the patients, who had besieged the hospital as early as 5 am to keep their appointments with the doctors, were disappointed.
Several of them, who hung around for hours with the hope that doctors might change their minds and consider them were abandoned.
From the General Out-patient-Department, (GOPD), to other clinics, many of the patients were given a new date for their appointments.
Further investigation showed that a few doctors at the family clinic however volunteered to work on a compassionate ground.
But only a few patients were fortunate to be attended to. At 1 pm, the doctors stopped working and asked other patients waiting to leave and come back another day.
Some of the patients narrated their frustrations. A patient said: “I came for the doctors to review my treatment but nobody attended to me. I was told they are on strike.”
Reacting to the situation, the Acting President of LASUTH-ARD, Dr. Ibrahim Ogunbi said the management of LASUTH failed to respond to their demands.
Ogunbi said: “We are not attending general out-patient clinics, all elective surgeries have been cancelled, patients in the wards are currently being discharged and very severe patients coming for emergencies will be seen and discharged immediately. Henceforth, the strike will be total. As soon as those in the wards are stable, they will be discharged.”