Patients and workers in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) Calabar have been prevented from accessing the medical facility by protesting security personnel.
The protesting workers who are part of the institutions outsourced staff were protesting against the management of the hospital over eighteen months salary arrears.
Oracle Today understands that the workers grievance also stems from speculation that the management of the institution is in the process of recruiting a new set of security personnel.
A nurse who pleaded not to be named said: “We came to work this morning only to discover that all the offices, except the emergency ward, were locked by the security men in the hospital who were working on casual basis.
“They have been complaining about the unpaid salaries but the management of the hospital did not take them seriously. To make matters worse, management decided to engage another set of people to do the security work and I think that angered them,” she said.
Another worker of the university who also pleaded anonymity, said: “Management ought to have looked into the plight of the security men and if they wanted to do away with their services, they should have paid them and allow them. This is not giving the hospital a good image”.
The management of the hospital is yet to respond as at the time of filling the report.
Casual workers as well as outsourced staff of the hospital have been having a running battle with the hospital management following government’s policy of outsourcing several secondary services.