Doctors in federal run hospitals in Lagos joined their state colleagues in a three-day sympathy strike in the first week of November, bringing most of Lagos publicly run hospitals to a halt.

The Lagos state association of resident doctors, whose members have been striking now for several months, has defended its ongoing strike action claiming that the state government, which has filed a legal action against it in court, has refused to negotiate. The judge presiding over the case gave both sides one week to hold talks.

The industrial action centres around the failure of the Lagos state government to implement the wages increases, working conditions and training programmes agreed in 2009.

In June 2010, the ministry of health issued a statement saying that as from June the doctors