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University College Hospital Doctors Affirm No Suspension of Night Shift

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Denying claims of suspending night shifts or going on strike, the Association of Resident Doctors at University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, clarified on Thursday that such actions were never taken, despite public misconceptions.

A directive from the Joint Action Committee, comprised of all hospital unions except the ARD and Medical and Dental Consultants of Nigeria at the institution, had instructed its members to adjust their work hours to between 8 am and 4 pm daily.

This decision was made in protest against the disconnection of UCH’s power supply by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company due to an alleged non-payment of N495m in electricity bills.

In a statement issued by ARD’s President, John Oladapo, and General Secretary, Gboyega Ajibola, in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State, the association expressed solidarity with all healthcare workers regarding the inadequate working conditions.

One part of the statement read, “Concerns have been raised over certain media reports misinforming the public about the long-lasting power outage at the University College Hospital. These reports claim that ‘UCH doctors suspend night shift, begin strike Tuesday’ or similar claims which are false, inaccurate, and distort the actual events.

It has been widely reported that the IBEDC disconnected UCH’s power supply due to billing disagreements. This has adversely affected patient care, led to suboptimal healthcare delivery, and increased hazards for all hospital health workers.

While standing in solidarity with all healthcare workers on the issue of substandard working conditions, ARD-UCH wants to assure the public that UCH doctors remain dedicated to their duties, providing essential care and services to those in need.”

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