Jean-Marc Bikoko, president of the central public sector trade union, plans to file a letter to the prime minister tomorrow, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, urging him to relieve Mr. André Mama Fouda of his duties. He announced it yesterday Sunday May 14, 2017 after the press conference given by the Trade Union of Cameroon Doctors (Symec) in Yaoundé, in which he took part.
“Minister Mama Fouda has just committed an odd one, and for the central public sector trade union, tomorrow, May 16, 2017, we will send a letter to the head of government for the head of state, demanding that Mama Fouda be removed from office “. This is the statement by Jean-Marc Bikoko, president of the central public sector trade union.
For the latter, the decision taken a few days ago by the Minister of Public Health André Mama Fouda to assign the leaders of the strike movement to remote areas of Cameroon is shockingly awkward.
Present at the press conference given by the leaders of the Symec this Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Yaoundé, the central public sector trade union declared total solidarity with the position and the movement engaged by the doctors of Cameroon.
Movement that has sparked several outings of the minister André Mama Fouda. Among other things, the striking union was declared illegal, and leaders were assigned to health centers in remote areas of the country for a few days and did not have the necessary technical support for their specialty.
“We are not going to join our duty stations because we say that these assignments do not respect the doctor or the patient, nor do they respect the organization chart of the Ministry of Public Health,” said the president of the Symec Dr Yves Bassong.
Far from shrinking from what they consider to be intimidation and muzzling, doctors have announced for Monday, May 15, 2017, the start of the second round of strikes that will last until May 17. “Only physicians who work in emergency departments and those on duty are asked to be at their duty stations with a black armband on their arms. Specialist doctors, general practitioners and medical teachers Invited to stay at home, “Dr Bassong of the Symec hammered out.
After the April and May strikes, the strikers are planning a third phase from 12 to 14 June 2017 and a fourth phase in July if their claims continue to be a dead letter. This time there will be an unlimited strike.
As a reminder, the doctors’ claims are the following:
- The salary increase for physicians in the public sub-sector and the direct payment of government subsidies to physicians in the private subsector in the form of monthly bonuses.
- The introduction of basic health insurance with universal coverage (no category and no rebates) within a short period of time to improve the provision of care and to provide access to care for all Cameroonians from all walks of life.
- The urgency of a pure and simple suspension of the assignments of doctors without pay as well as the setting up of a procedure for the accelerated treatment of physician integration files.
- Increase the retirement age of physicians from 55 to 65.