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The NMA calls for the withdrawal of the controversial circular on the doctors’ service regime



The NMA calls for the withdrawal of the controversial circular on the doctors’ service regime

By Oluwafunke Ishola

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says it is actively involved in ensuring that the removal of house agents and NYSC doctors from the service program does not lead to a crisis in the state’s health sector. from Lagos.

Dr Adetunji Adenekan, President of NMA, Lagos Zone, gave the assurance at a press conference Monday in Lagos.

Adenekan said the NMA, through the Medical Guild, had been in contact with the state government to withdraw the crisis-prone circular issued by the state service chief.

He said the National Settlement Council (NCE) issued a policy document for the removal of House agents and NYSC physicians from the service program, labeling them as students.

“It is important to clarify that medical / dental interns are graduates and very essential front lines who render indispensable services in hospitals approved by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), although under supervision.

“In addition, NYSC physicians are full-fledged medical / dental practitioners and fully registered with MDCN,” he said.

According to him, there is a tripartite meeting planned between the head of department of the Federation, the national AMN and the MDCN, aimed at resolving the irregularities in the circular.

“Unfortunately, only the Lagos State government has rushed its implementation in all 36 states and the CTF, even the federal government has yet to do so.

“The NMA Lagos as a whole condemns the hasty stance of the Lagos State government towards the implementation of the circular, as this can only lead to a crisis,” he said.

Adenekan called on the state government to withdraw the circular in order to further strengthen the current harmonious relationship between the association and the state.

He said it was evident that a huge gap exists in understanding the forensic aspect of medical practice at all levels, despite all efforts to ensure justice and fairness for all parties when this is necessary.

The NMA president said the association’s annual general meeting and scientific conference will provide the platform to address the issue.

Adenekan said the event on “Medical Practice and the Law: Emerging Challenges for Nigerian Doctors”, which kicked off on August 1, will end on August 6.

He said the theme could not have come at a better time when nearly all of the adverse medical care outcomes were seen as the result of the negligence of doctors and dentists.

Adenekan said the event will provide all stakeholders with the opportunity to assess development in a crucial area.

According to him, this will provide useful recommendations and ensure a desirable understanding of the laws guiding the practice of medicine in the country. (NAN) (

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