Medical Association urges FG to rescind sack of resident doctors

LAGOS – The Nigerian (NMA), Lagos Chapter, has appealed the Federal Government reverse its directive and withdraw its circular sacking doctors in the country. The Chairman NMA, Dr Tope Ojo, made the appeal at a news conference in Lagos on Saturday. The Minister Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, had on Aug.13, issued a directive terminating the residency training for doctors until further notice. Ojo said government should engage the in dialogue provide lasting solution the problems in the health sector. According him, such sacking the doctors will not yield positive result and will instead further aggravate the problems in the sector. “NMA condemns in totality the alleged presidential directive via the Federal Ministry Health suspending residency training in the country. “It could be recalled that such action was taken in 1985 during Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s regime. The Lagos State Government also sacked some striking doctors in Lagos on May 7, 2012.

[eap_ad_1] “These actions had not yielded positive results and can never stand the test time. “Government should show commitment in resolving the current impasse with the NMA rather than resorting punitive measures that will only further aggravate the already deplorable situation’’, he said. Ojo said that the current strike would continue and that the immediate reversal the sack remained the only condition to resume talks with government. He, however, advised the affected doctors against collecting any sack letter or signing any register opened in any hospital. Dr Olusegun Akinwotu, the President, Doctors, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, said that such sack would have negative implications on the sector. Akinwotu said that it would have huge effect on the operations the hospital, as 50 to 70 per cent the doctors in government hospitals were doctors.

“It will affect schools as they will remain shut because these doctors contribute about 50 per cent to the training of students. “All major surgical operations will remain cancelled in all teaching hospitals because the consultants by default perform all major surgeries with the assistance of their doctors. “It might even escalate the current Ebola scourge because the majority of the volunteers involved are doctors.’’ Dr Babajide Shared, the Secretary of the association, said the sack of doctors would affect patients negatively. Shared said that there would be increased list of awaiting patients, delay in surgery appointments and even delay in attending to emergency cases. “The consultants need the resident doctors to effectively carry out the task of patient care.’’ (NAN)


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