Strike: JOHESU Threatens To Sue Medical Doctors

20140703-173909.jpgThe Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), Federal Medical Center (FMC), Asaba chapter has threatened to drag the Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria and Nigeria Medical Association (MDCAN/NMA), to court over the irrational decision to embark on the on-going strike action in government hospitals.

The chairman of JOHESU, FMC, Asaba, Comrade Tony Asiodu, in a statement also called on Nigerians to condemn the strike action which he described as ego-bloating and prejudice, an Abuja Court had already restrained them in Suit no. NIC/ABJ/177/2014, from embarking on strike.

In the statement which was also signed by the Secretary Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, (AMLSN) FMC chapter, Comrade Benjamin Ajufo, they stated that “Nigerians must say no to MDCAN/NMA that has become anti people. The Nigerian Government should not allow herself to be blackmailed by MDCAN/NMA. She should first and foremost challenge MDCAN/NMA for acts of impunity against the state”.

They explained that the major demands of medical doctors in the on-going strike were anti-people, especially opposition to the appointment of medical personnel as consultants, approval of specialists allowance and support for illegal office of the DCMAC.

According to them, the statement made by MDCAN that in the Health Sector it is only medical doctors that are appointed Consultants, and that the term is an exclusive designation for doctors, is not correct, as in all parts of the world, adding that healthcare professionals who are not doctors are appointed Consultants in their chosen areas of specialization.

Moreover, they stated that restoring consultancy status to other healthcare professional was the right thing to do and the President through the agents of government acted in line with section 18(1) of the University Teaching Hospital (Reconstruction of Boards etc) ACT CAP U 15 ,VOL 15. LFN 2004, for the approval.

They also chided the medical doctors for faulting government decision to obey court order, stressing that no court has voided the judgement of the National Industrial Court (NIC) which the government is acting upon.

They called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency support the Natural Medicine Development Agency, to check incessant strikes by orthodox and to reposition our Traditional Medicine to be like what is seen in China, USA, U.K, India, Korea etc, saying that natural medicine should be integrated into the mainstream Healthcare System in Nigeria.

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  1. Nigeria Doctors r bias,prejudice and self centered. What we need as JOHESU (1) Unity (2) updating our knowledge by making use of internet facilities and buying relevant textbooks (3) We need to do politics. Der is no law dat says that it is only a medical dr dat must be d CMDs,PS,Commissioners f health and Minister f health. All these positions dey r holding dey are using dem to increase only doctors salaries, dey r using them to offer scholarship to only medical students,dey r using all these positions to stop other health workers from becoming consultants in der fields and finally dey r using these positions to relegate other professionals in d nigeria health sector. Professor Kuti started d dichotomy in health sector, he was d one dat stated all dat flummeries I listed above. Until the federal government and Nigerians see all these as problems nd they find lasting solutions to them der cn nt be peace in nigeria health sector and patients will continue to die because der is no unity. Am proud to be a Registered Nurse and I enjoy nursing as a noble profession.

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