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Table 3 Health workers attitude to strikes in Nigeria

From: Industrial action by healthcare workers in Nigeria in 2013–2015: an inquiry into causes, consequences and control—a cross-sectional descriptive study

SN   Number Percent
Support of strike by health workers
  Support for strike   
1  Yes 65 43.6
2  No 56 37.6
3  Undecided 28 18.8
 Total 149 100
Suggested common causes of strikes in Nigeria (participants free to name more than one)
  Common causes of strike   
1  Leadership/management 138 92.0
2  Demand for higher salaries and wages 123 82.0
3  Infrastructure 95 63.3
4  Inter-personal issue 92 61.3
5  Funding 68 45.3
6  Inadequate workers 67 44.7
7  Inadequate tools 44 29.3
8  Inadequate training 13 8.7
9  Disagreement on some issues 12 8.0
10  Politics 6 4.0
11  Patient load 2 1.3
12  Mass sack 2 1.3
13  Others 1 0.7
Most common causes of strikes in Nigeria
  Most important causes   
1  Leadership/management 65 43.3
2  Inter-professional issues 33 22.0
3  Demand for higher salaries/wages 26 17.3
4  Funding 17 11.3
5  Inadequate tools 1 0.7
6  Disagreement on some issues 1 0.7
7  Infrastructure 1 0.7
8  No response 6 4.0
 Total 150 100.0
Common implication of strikes in the health sector
  Implications   
1  Disruption of healthcare 145 96.7
2  High referral to private hospitals 99 66.0
3  Patients loss to follow-up 84 56.0
4  High private hospital cost 26 17.3
5  Mismanagement by quacks 26 17.3
Suggested solution to recurrent strikes in health industry
  Suggested solutions   
1  Strengthen health system 124 82.7
2  Motivate health workers financially and professionally 74 50.7
3  Carry workers along in decision making 65 43.3
  1. All were concerned with the effects of the strike on the patients (150, 100 %)