Doctors at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, have embarked on indefinite strike action following the alleged molestation of their colleague by a politician.
This is even as the management of the hospital accused Femi Onireti, a politician of instructing his supporters to beat up a medical doctor on duty at the hospital.
In a statement on Tuesday by its spokesperson Omotayo Ogunleye, the management noted that the alleged assault on the doctor has led his colleagues to embark on an indefinite strike until Onireti tenders an apology to the victim and the hospital.
According to the statement, Onireti, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party came to the hospital and started commanding the doctor on duty to place his relative who is on admission at the Accident and Emergency Ward on oxygen and take him to the Intensive Care Unit.
Onireti’s aides who thought a doctor was filming a politician’s unruly action, descended on the person to beat him up.
The management said, ” While condemning the politician’s manner of interfering with the management of the patient which was brought to the hospital for medical attention, the management noted that such an act would not be tolerated.
“The politician was commanding the doctors to place his patient on oxygen and also instructed that he should be taken to the Intensive Care Unit. The politician, with the help of his aides, descended on a medical doctor, a staff of the hospital, thinking the doctor was filming their devilish displays at the A&E section of the hospital.”
“Owing to the assault by Mr Onireti and his aides, the doctors at the hospital have embarked on indefinite strike until an apology is tendered to the hospital and phones seized from the victim by the politician and his aides are returned,” the management stated.
However, Onireti, in a statement by a media consultant, Busayo Olawoyin, labeled the allegations as blackmail, saying he did not order his boys to beat up any doctor.
Onireti further stated that the patient, Olatunde Iyanda, eventually died due to negligence on the part of the doctors.
He said, “When we should be considering litigation for the negligence of duty on the part of the hospital leading to the demise of a PDP ward chairman, we are being harassed with allegations of assault.
“We are being told the whole hospital has begun strike because “Femi Onireti supervised the beating of a doctor,” thereby predisposing other patients to danger. Doesn’t that sound ludicrous? It sounds like blackmail with input from fifth columnists.
“We believe that the health of patients should be more paramount than any alleged shortcoming of Onireti. He was on the verge of losing a dear party leader, emotion was high at the time and everybody was in panic mode. He can’t be held responsible for such an offence.”