FG moves to ban private practice by doctors in public hospitals

Resident doctors allege being short-changed

The federal government has initiated moves to ban medical doctors in public service from engaging in private practice

Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole, made this known while addressing the State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The minister said that a committee has been set up to review laws guiding the medical practice, and areas they are in conflict with Nigeria Code of Conduct for public officers.

According to Adewole, the Nigeria Code of Conduct does not allow public officials to engage in any business, except farming.

The minister also said that the report of the Yayale Ahmed Committee which look into the relationship between professional groups in the public health sector, will be revisited.

Adewole also explained that a committee has been set up by the council to undertake a comprehensive job evaluation in the public sector.

The committee, according to Adewole, will determine what an individual should be paid, to ensure that salaries are paid appropriately across the board.

Adewole said, “For us in the health sector, the most important thing is the need to do comprehensive job evaluation. So, government has decided to set up a committee that would evaluate what exactly we do as individuals, how much should we be paid in a way that we can really pay appropriately across board through the entire country.

“Council also looked at the issue of residency training programme and decided that the training should last for a fixed time of seven years, after which individuals should exit from the programme, so that other people can come into the programme.

“Council has also decided to look into the issue of private practice by medical doctors in the public sector, and a committee has been set up to look extensively into that issue, because we want to resolve the issue of what the law of the land states and what the rule of professional ethics says.

“The law of the land does not allow any public officer to do anything other than farming; so that committee would make appropriate recommendation to government on this important issues which are of considerable interest to quite a number of Nigerians.”

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