Doctors’ sack is illegal – NMA

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Aug 15th, 2014
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Nigeria Medical Association has expressed its disappointment at the sack of resident doctors by the Federal Government.

The body on Friday directed its members not to collect any sack letter, saying the action is illegal because it did not follow status book.

It also directed its members to shun any local appointment with the government hospitals as directed by the circular.

The Federal Government had on Thursday issued a circular suspending residency training programmes for doctors.

The country is currently groaning under the dearth of specialist doctors with 3,000 specialists to over 170 million Nigerians. Besides, there are over 25,000 Nigerian doctors in the United States and over 4,000 in the United Kingdom.

The consequence of the government circular, according to a medical doctor with the National Hospital, Abuja, Ujam Kingsley,  is that in the next five-six years when the present ones passes out, there would be no specialist doctor in the country.

The training which comes up immediately after National Youth Service, Dr. Ujam said lasts between six to eight years and it is designed to develop specialist doctors in different fields of medicine.

Reacting to government’s order, NMA President, Dr. Kayode Obembe, noted that the current government’s stance will further worsen the present industrial harmony.

Obembe insisted that government action was illegal as it did not follow the books, saying “It is our believe that the status book that established the residency training programme has not been followed.

Residency Training programme is governed by status books.

“No single person or individual no matter how highly placed can just directly and wishfully jettison all these documents and go and sack our doctors. It is illegal and we condemn it in its entirety. That is our position on that,” the NMA president said.

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