Doctors reject FG’s attempt to ban private practice

The Nigerian Medical Association on Monday rejected attempt by the Federal Government to stop private practice by doctors working in public health institutions.

President of the NMA, Prof. Mike Ogirima said the restriction was against the law.

He said this while speaking on Monday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, during the 2017 Physicians’ Week, with the theme, ‘Declining immunisation coverage in Nigeria: Threat to national development.’

He, however warned doctors against using their official hours for private practice.

The NMA boss lamented that the association lost some doctors who, he claimed, were overwhelmed with workload and stress-related issues.

On the lingering conflict in the health sector, he said, “We may be compelled to take a nationwide simultaneous holiday from the public hospitals for paramedics to run them if urgent steps are not taken by the authorities to curtail the excesses of the JOHESU’s radicalism.

“It must be stated quite clearly that the NMA is not aversed to improvement of welfare package in the health sector,  however, pay parity must necessarily  factor in the relative difference in favour of medical doctors as it is predictable in developed countries.

“We expect government not to toy with the lingering crisis in the health sector.  Government should not allow itself to be intimidated by illegal bodies like JOHESU in the health sector. We expect each professional body to stick to the ethics of it profession.”

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