You would recall that the State Leadership of NANNM following reports of the assault by a police officer on a Nurse on Wednesday 29th April, 2020 had to direct the Nurses at UUTH to withdraw their services until the management satisfactorily resolved the issue.
The following occured following their actions:
1) Management invited the Unit Exco for a meeting on Thursday, 30th April, 2020.
2). Prior to this invitation, the unit Exco wrote a letter to the Mgt expressing their displeasure over the assault on her member by some Police Officers which one of them is the husband to the deceased Patient and equally notified the management the withdrawal of nurses from the hostile environment due to insecurity until security can be guaranteed, safety of our members assured and the case of our assaulted member satisfactorily addressed.
3). At the meeting, all the management staff including 3 Mgt Nurses ( HOD, Nursing Services, Head of Nursing Clinical Services and Head of Nursing Administration) were in attendance.
4). All the Unit Exco except the VC were in attendance.
5) CMD welcomed all to the meeting and expressesed his displeasure about the action we took and accused the Union of not exploring the internal mechanism and follow all necessary labour protocol before embarking on strike.
6). He read the letter of protest from the Union alongside with the letter from the Commissioner of Police who stated in his letter that, a police wife was neglected by nurses because she was a police officer's wife and requesting him to furnish his Office with full details of the incidence to prevent a repeat since the professional conduct of some nurses in the hospital has been called to question.
7). Prior to the meeting with mgt yesterday, the State Council of our Union in collaboration with the unit went on air in a live local Radio programme popularly known as the People's Parliament to brief and sensitized the public about the incident.
8) Before the live caller Radio programme, several media houses in the State were contacted and the news of the incidence was filtered in the air.
9) During the meeting, the Union clearly stated that, nurses are not on strike but we temporarily withdrew our members from the hostile environment until their security can be gurrenteed according to the National Health Acts of 2014.
10). We notified Mgt that, we informed the state Council after we were not allowed to be part of the Mgt investigation and fact finding meeting that took place that day as we felt we had no support there.
OUR DEMANDS AT THE MEETING WERE AS FOLLOWS:
I) A written apology from the Nigeria Police Force and the deceased relatives in two National Dailies.
2). Guarrantee of adequate security from our Mgt for all our members.
3). Full compensation for our assaulted member including a new Uniform.
CMD on behalf of the management apologized over the incidence and promised to beef up the security in the hospital. He promised to replace the Uniform of the nurse that was torn personally but regretted that, he can't persuade the Police to tender apology since they are not under his employ and control.
The Union therefore informed the mgt that, since their actions that day made us to called in the State Council, we have to consult them before any decision is taken. This was to enable us to buy time, consult with the state, assess the situation on ground before a final decision is taken.
ALUTA CONTINUA, VICTORIA ASCERTA.
Comrade Effiong Unoekieoru.
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