Uproar at LASUTH over N30,000 levy for two retiring nurses

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Uproar at LASUTH over N30,000 levy for two retiring nurses

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Nurses at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, have raised alarm over the N30,000 levy imposed on members ahead of the forthcoming send off for two retiring senior nurses.

The said senior nurses are due for retirement later in the year. Aggrieved nurses, who spoke on condition of anonymity with Vanguard, contended that the N30,000 imposed on over 700 nurses in the hospital in this era of economic recession, was uncalled for. According to them, aside the N30,000, nurses were still expected to pay N10,000 for the end of year Nurses Week. A source said: “The Head of Nursing Department of LASUTH and her Second-in-Command are retiring in May and October, respectively, and as Assistant Director of Nursing Services, ADNS, level 15 officers in Lagos State Public Service. “In preparation for their send off party, a committee was set up which approached the retiring officers to make a choice between house and car, and they picked new cars. “During the usual New Year general meeting of all Nurses in the hospital, the committee informed the assembly of nurses that they have decided to levy each of over 700 Nurses in the hospital N30,000 to buy brand new Toyota cars for each of retiring ADNS. “If you multiplied the amount we are to pay with the number of nurses, it will come to over N20 million.

Aside this, we are still going to pay N10,000 for the end of year Nurses Week. “These payments do not eliminate the departmental send off gifts that will be given to all other retiring nurses this year. In this time of economic recession, a poor nurse will be forced to cough out this huge sum; I think it is bad.”


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Re: Report of N30,000 levy for retiring nurses’ send off untrue

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Report of N30,000 levy for retiring nurses’ send off untrue

The management of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, has described as “unfounded and untrue” report of a N30,000 levy imposed on its nurses for the purchase of gifts for two retiring senior nursing officers.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor David Oke, said: “The management does not in any way and at any time encourage such as the report foretold and expects the reporter to have been objective in his report by finding out her position or the nurses association’s before publishing.



“As much as associations perform their activities with no supervision or control of any form from the management, the system does not support, encourage or promote contribution of funds by staff for any form of gift or assistance to retiring staff.”

He said Lagos State Government, and LASUTH by extension, have structures and standard appreciation process, put together for every cadre of retiring staff, to reward them for service rendered to the hospital.

Association’s stand

Also reacting, the Chairman, National Associa-tion of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, LASUTH chapter, Mr. O. J. Olanla, said the report did not in any way represent the truth.

According to him, “two deserving Assistant Directors of Nursing Services are retiring in May and October and an existing welfare committee of LASUTH NANNM was saddled with planning of a befitting send off for the two retiring senior nurses, as is our existing culture to celebrate our outgoing nurses which has been in practice for years.

“At the general meeting of LASUTH nurses held on January 11, nurses present suggested series of gifts. The committee members are still working on the modalities of the send off.”

Distancing the association from the report, Olanla said: “The executive members are still waiting for the outcome of the committee deliberations.”
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