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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Resident Doctors President Says FG Ban On Doctors’ Private Practice Is A Time Bomb + Reasons

The President, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) Federal Medical Centre Abuja, Dr Emmanuel Obayi, has said the federal government’s ban of private practice by doctors in full time employment in the public service is an expensive joke comparable to a time bomb waiting to explode.




According to him, the ban carries the potential of leaving public health institutions in disarray owing to the fact that most doctors operating in the public sector are poorly remunerated and are forced to work in harsh conditions.



He added that the ban could trigger a mass exodus of quality brains from public health institutions established to cater to the needs of the poor in the society to the private sector where the remuneration is not only higher and more regular but also boasts of better infrastructure and quality working environment.

Obayi, who made this known in an interview with Vanguard, said the resident doctors received the information with an ounce of dismay because the government appears to have lost focus on what is really important in tackling the problems of the health sector in Nigeria. .

He, however, maintained that even with the poor salary and harsh working conditions, doctors are rarely derelict in their duties in public health institutions.

Obayi also mentioned the number of Consultants who not only provide health care services but also teach resident doctors and graduate them every year as world class professionals



He said, “The federal government is joking. We don’t think they are serious with the ban slammed on doctors in public sector from engaging in private practice.

Compare the welfare package of doctors in the public sector in some other countries with what we have in Nigeria. You will find out that we receive peanuts from government here. If government pays its doctors very well, there will be no need for them to engage in private practice of any kind. Even if they do, it will be just to help humanity.

Check the number of strike action embarked upon by doctors in the public sector since 2014, you will be amazed at the number you will count. These industrial actions are all centred on welfare issues. As we speak, doctors in UNTH and ULTH are currently being owed salaries and other welfare packages. How does the government expect them to survive?

Honestly, government has removed its eye from the ball and is now focusing on the periphery. Government rarely provide infrastructure in public health institutions. Take for instance the State House clinic that reportedly lacked x-ray machine, syringes, and medicines. Government will be quick to say it budgeted billions of Naira for health infrastructure. But you and I know that these budgeted sums are unrealistic. The funds are seldom released. Budget implementation is zero in Nigeria. These are the real issue that needs government attention.

We will not embark on strike action over the ban of private practice but we think there is need for public enlightenment on the pressing problems plaguing the health sector that require priority attention of government.



Dr. Obayi said that the union is, however, not advising any doctor to abandon his or her duties in the public sector which caters for the majority.



*And there i was thinking the ban was great news....na wah..WILL NIGERIA EVER GET BACK ON TRACK?too many potholes in every sector.

28 comments:

Oge said...

Same thing i said .the ban is rubbish .Pay dem well improve the health sector bfrebu make noise abt ban.Selfish leaders .

Anonymous said...

rubbish talk..na army fit us for this country..even now they are doing public n private...any improvement?no!...they should all go abeg..everythung in this country is about money..everyine is just greedy....both doctors n government...they should either work with government or go do their private thing...not them doung public n private..how then wan concentrate. haba..

Anonymous said...

british should not have given us independence...we are better of under the white man's supervision...m just so tired about everything going on...and to be honest..we as nigerians and the government we are just so terrible..

Blackberry said...

He's right, if it were me, I would just abandon public and go private.

Miss Ess said...

Na wa o.

Miss Ess said...

Na wa o.

Rappakatakata said...

"He added that the ban could trigger a mass exodus of quality brains from public health institutions established to cater to the needs of the poor in the society to the private sector where the remuneration is not only higher and more regular but also boasts of better infrastructure and quality working environment."
*Bros, the bone of contention is not about your moving to the private sector but the fact that your members want to simultaneously hold two positions-in public and private hospitals.

"He, however, maintained that even with the poor salary and harsh working conditions, doctors are rarely derelict in their duties in public health institutions."
*Oga, you lied.

My position has always been that the FG is merely seeking trouble by wanting to implement a ban on the activities of resident doctors who dabble into private practice while under the employ of government having failed in its own role of providing enabling work conditions for these doctors. You cannot beat a child and also ask him not to weep.
But pray tell how can this hold-"doctors are rarely derelict in their duties" without a conflict of interests? #imposikant.

Anonymous said...

I didn't bother reading the trash. If you can't cope with the ban please resign and go manage your private clinics. Resident doctors in other climes behave themselves, they know they are still undergoing training. Who is well paid outside politicians in our nation. There are doctors anxiously waiting to fill the space. Bunch of half trained doctors who see their patients as animals. A doctor in ubth told me he prefers attending to illiterates because they don't ask questions and they accept everything. The useless air of superiority. These are people that can't survive without farmers, our industrious market women, our great men and women who import various things into the country. Yeye dey smell.

Josephine the great

Anonymous said...

Nobody is stopping them. They can all resign and go concentrate on their private clinics. I bet you they will regret it for the rest of life.

Anonymous said...

Who are those running the hospitals, doctors right? Why can't doctors who find themselves in administration ( CMD) improve the conditions of their hospitals. What exactly did mike Ibadin achieve in 8 years as CMD of ubth. Why blame the government for the failures of Ibadin. Doctors knew the conditions of service before accepting the jobs, so why the noise.


Josephine the great

Anonymous said...

Lols. It is you and your family that will suffer. When private hospitals take all the consultants and leave none in public hospitals, who will train those ones that are "eager to take over" it not by being eager to work. They no dey take vex dey do doctor work. It is skills and unfortunately, govt can't bargain with private hospitals when it comes to consultants. Now LUTH will refer you to st Nicholas or Reddington, dats when ya eyez will clear.
...and since they have the monotony of those capable hands, they will charge you 50mil for what that same consultant could have done for 50k in LUTH.
Continue thinking that it is doctors that will suffer. Hahahahahahahahahaaaaaa. Sickness kuku no dey give notice. When it strikes, na there your eyez go shine. Did you read where he said that Doctors WONT go on strike because of that? It means that e no even concern then.

Anonymous said...

It is only a medical practitioner that wants to die in poverty that will listen to them. They should please continue their private biz, just be quiet about it. Be loyal to federal govt and perish.

Anonymous said...

My dear l will not suffer neither will my family. These nuisance knew the conditions of service before applying for the jobs. There are doctors who were not admitted into the residency programs and are receiving peanuts in private hospitals. Why would you apply to work in a place you know is unconducive to you in the first place. Its like marrying a man who beats you during courtship while hopelessly hoping he will change.

I have siblings who are medical doctors both here in Nigeria and in the united states. My brothers who choose to practice here knew the conditions before they became resident doctors, so they lack the moral right to fill my ears with noise.

Josephine the great

Blackberry said...

Regret Kini? Why will I regret managing or working in my own company?
My dear.

Blackberry said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Tomorrow you will blame the police for extolling money from you, blame the government for your failures.

Joy Okanje said...

Imagine!!!

Anonymous said...

A part of public service rule says you should not have any other job. The ban is not new,it is only to be enforced. How many private hospitals can employ consultants. Abeg forget they will remain. Besides if they complain about low wages what do u want the other healthcare professionals to say. I welcome the ban. At least now you will actually see consultants at work not just their name on doors.

St.FranKooL.... said...

#Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith. It will all be worth it in the end*

Affordable accessories said...

Anon 15;44 your head dey there!

Affordable accessories said...

Na poor man go suffer the ban o. All those Professors they have access to for 600 naira pere at luth,they will have to pay 20k to see in private practice o. Because they will just choose private instead. A lot of them are made already. How much is government paying them. And the young ones that will stay with Govt don't have as much expertise as the Profs.

Anonymous said...

They keep comparing themselves and their half baked curriculum and professors to western countries. It's only in Nigeria you go straight from high school for 6 years and become a physician. Please stop the comparison to drs here. Nigerian drs that take the womb out with babies. Drs that have no clue where the uterus is and cut underneath the breastbone to take out fibroids and don't know how to treat gall bladder infection least of all remove it. In better climes most of you recent grads of the last 15 years will not pass nurse practitioner or pa exam talk less of calling yourselves drs and wanting to eat your cake and have it.. please no abuses or curses. It's my first ever comment in 6 years on this blog and I did it because my 37 year old died of gall bladder infection even after we paid with the husband over 1.5 million. You should fight for better training not money and you are lucky Nigerian lawyers have not figured out collectively how to start successful malpractice suits in nigeria. No curses unless you want what happened to my sister due to their negligence to happen to you. It's not fiction. I lost her. We tried to get an air ambulance but it was too late. Ill trained bunch!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ayam telling you, we got the independence too early.

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha, Josephine I see I gat you there. Now you are boasting of family members who are medical doctors (I bet they are part of the quacks you mentioned earlier). Just like I have deduced that you were one of those blaming doctors for being kicked out of uniben medical school.
Your paucity of knowledge didn't even get the fact that even if you have 20doctors in your family, sickness doesn't ask you when they are around before coming. All these people that have accident on the road and brought to hospitals as UNKNOWN all have medical doctors for house but at that time, none of them are near and they will be dumped in general hospital that has no single Xray machine to even get the slightest information needed. Keep hovering in the delusion that your family members who are quack doctors will always surround you and your other family members when e go sele. Hahahahahahahaha. Doctors in the family indeed. Keep decieving yourself, people will be discussing matters as it affects the masses at large you are there venting personal vendetta. Go get a form and go bk to school.

BTW I hope you have heard that Aso Villa Clinic didn't get a dime in the 2017 budget allocation. Keep druming support for the cabal that is eating into your very own existence.

Anonymous said...

Call the abroad doctors to do CS with phone torch light? How many of them can consult patients without gloves and syringes but yet improvise? How many of them can have the slightest clue of a diagnosis without the least possible machine? How many of them can work alone when encountered outside hospital environment without looking for 10others to come. You want to compare Nigerian doctors to people who are in developed countries, why don't you start compaing Nigerian passport to US passport first, whatever profession you are, can you stand the abroad quacks of your field ? how long did it take the Indians that Akpabio spent billions to bring into the ibom hospital to take Ben johnson? Why couldn't they perform their miracle here? And we're you even born abroad? You sound so pained and the next quack doctor next door will keep intimidating your low self esteemed self. Stop crying darl, doctors didn't cause your depression and you will so go back to general hospital thru d back door and get treated and strong but your evil soul will keep being evil.

Anonymous said...

stop saying rubbish,i trained in Nigeria and I'm practicing abroad, when you're good you're good irrespective of where you trained

Mao Akuh said...

Wait let monkey pox hit Northern region, they will change tongue. Nothing to regret.

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine took the IELTS exam. She's a doctor. Just became a Consultant. The guy that examined her had to ask if there was a problem in Nigeria because of the rate at which doctors are taking IELTS to enable them do the UK, Canada and Australian exams. The young that graduate med school do not hope to practice here. Even the older ones who are well-respected Consultants don't mind undergoing specialist training again in another country. The health system is in trouble in Nigeria. If i look at my set in med school, about half are out of the country. A good percentage of those that stayed have veered off into IT, finance, banking. A good proportion of those who stayed still hope to leave. It is well

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