FG To Ban Private Practice By Doctors


By Ayo Kehinde


In the face of the recent rash of strike embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors and the Joint Health Sector Union, the Federal Government would soon take steps to ban doctors in its employ from engaging in private practice.

 Making this disclosure at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting, Wednesday, Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, told state house correspondents that based on a report of a technical committee set up by the previous President Jonathan administration and headed by ex -Head of Service of the Federation, Yayale Ahmed, the government through the panel has identified 50 areas of conflict after receiving memoranda and interacting with about 40 professional bodies in the public health sector.

He listed the areas of conflict to include organisational management, leadership and teamwork, remuneration and motivation, career management, capacity building, professional practice, labour, legal and governance issues.

Adewale at a recent interview said government was going to look for ways to prevent public doctors from disrupting work though he granted them their right to head their union leaders to go on strike, stressing that the element of negotiation should be exploited before the mass trouping out on the streets by doctors in the name of protest or strike