The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria has declared the ongoing strike by members of the National Association of Resident Doctor illegal.
The medical council warned that any doctor who participated in the industrial action might repeat his or her internship without remuneration.
This was contained in a statement by the MDCN entitled, "Professional Ethics for House Officers/Interns," issued on Monday by its Acting Registrar and Chief Executive, Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi.
The body advised Chief Medical Directors, Medical Directors and Medical Superintendents in various teaching hospitals to ensure that all resident doctors under their watch abide by all regulations guiding their internship.
However, resident doctors at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Edo State, the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State and many tertiary hospitals across the country joined the nationwide strike called by their parent body, the National Association of Resident Doctors.
The doctors started an indefinite strike on Monday over the alleged failure of the Federal Government to meet demands bordering on their welfare.
According to the NARD President, Dr. John Onyebuze, resident doctors' services would remain withdrawn until their demands, which includes their immediate enrolment under the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System and payment of all salary shortfalls and slash were paid.