By Hassan Zaggi
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has cautioned the Federal Government against acceding to the demands of striking members of the Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU).
The NMA maintained that relativity is sacrosanct in the health sector.
In a statement issued by NMA President,A�Dr. Francis Faduyile and Secretary, Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote, drew the attention of the government a�?to the implications of acceding to any demand that violates the collective bargaining agreement of January 2014.a�?
Faduyile, however, assured Nigerians that all medical and dental doctors in Nigeria had been directed to put mechanism in place for the sustenance of services to them.
He said: a�?We oppose vehemently, any adjustment in CONHESS Salary Scale with resultant pay parity between doctors and healthcare professionals allied to medicine, and hereby reaffirm that relativity is sacrosanct.
a�?The demand for professional autonomy is part of the fight for professional ego by JOHESU/AHPA. government is once again reminded of global best practices in terms of the leadership of the clinical/medical team in which the physician is the head. Rather than accede to a demand that will lead to more preventable deaths, we urge the Federal Government to implement the recommendations of the Yayale Ahmed Committee on professional harmony in the health sector.
a�?The demand for the appointment of other health workers as consultants (with payment of specialist allowance) is a self-centered agitation aimed at ensuring they are in charge of clinical care. This is not only an aberration (considering international best practices) that will add no value to clinical/patientsa�� care, it will certainly worsen morbidity and mortality indices in Nigeria. We therefore reaffirm the rejection of this demand.
a�?The demand for headship of departments/units in the hospital by members of JOHESU/AHPA will lead to unprecedented chaos in the health sector with ripple effect on the health of Nigerians. We reaffirm our rejection of this demand.
a�?The NMA reiterates her position on the appointment of chief medical directors and managing directors (CMDs/MDs) of tertiary hospitals which is in accordance with the extant law and with emphasis on a�?medically qualifieda�� as interpreted by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria. Various circulars of government also refer!
a�?We reject in its entirety the demand for the abolition of the position of deputy chairman medical advisory committee (DCMAC) which is a creation of management boards in accordance with Section 7(4) of University Teaching Hospital Act.
a�?The NMA is not against career progression of allied health professionals but will not accept any decision that allows for multiple appointments of directors in a department without such being applicable to medical doctors.
a�?The NMA supports fully the demands of JOHESU/AHPA on skipping of CONHESS 10 and payment of arrears in compliance with National Industrial Court of Nigeria judgment, and increased retirement age,a�? he said.