The National Industrial Court, sitting in Lagos, has restrained the Federal Government from sacking the 16,000 doctors earlier suspended. Presiding judge, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, ordered the FG not to serve sack letters on the doctors, if they had not already done so.
The FG had, on 13 August, suspended the doctors and Residency Training Programmes in all the affected hospitals, prompting the litigation. The doctors responded by filing a suit asking the government to annul its decision, and be restrained from terminating their appointment.
Justice Adejumo said that the matter would “be better addressed when parties joined issues on the issues raised in the motion on Notice,” while allowing the litigants – Chief Medical Directors in the 37 medical institutions – the leave to hold action on Federal Government’s directive to dismiss them.