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NMA threatens to leave public hospitals for paramedics

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NMA President, Prof. Mike Ogirima

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has cautioned against stopping medical doctors in public hospitals from private practice.The National President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Mike Ogirima, gave the warning in Ilorin at the 2017 Physicians’ Week in Ilorin.

The president threatened that the NMA members would leave public hospitals for the paramedics, if they were put at par with them.He made the threat, following government’s plan to stop doctors in public hospitals from engaging in private practice.

But he stressed that the NMA would not condone doctors not honouring working hours or diverting patients from public hospitals to their private ones.He said the doctors would go on holiday, if the Federal Government fails to restrain the radicalism by the umbrella body of the paramedics, the Joint Health Sector Union  (JOHESU).

He explained: “It must be stated quite clearly that the NMA is not averse to the improvement of welfare package in the health sector. However, pay parity must necessarily be factored in the relative difference to favour medical doctors, as it is the practice in the developed countries.

The NMA boss, who disclosed that no fewer than six doctors died of stress-related condition in the last two week, called for a review of the doctors working conditions.



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