Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to Prof. Abba Hassan, Chairman of the Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) who during the induction ceremony of the foreign-trained medical doctors said that house officers should not be part of any association and will be punished by MDCN if found culpable.
The leadership of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) frowns at such misguided utterance and would refer the MDCN to her Act cap 221 where the membership of our House Officers is unequivocally captured.
We want to categorically state that NARD as a body has been at the forefront of the advocacy for central placement of house officers. We have fought and will continue to engage all engage all relevant authorities for an improved remuneration and condition of service for our house officers thus, we will resist any attempt by MDCN to cause confusion in the health sector.
The MDCN should focus on her duties of General placement of house officers and payment of house officers for January as this is bringing hardship to our members.
We call on the minister of health and all relevant stakeholders to call the MDCN Chairman to order to prevent any form of crisis in the already fragile heath sector at this critical time of COVID-19 pandemic with its global impact and consequences.
Dr. Uyliawa Okhuaihesuyi
Dr. Jerry Isogun
Dr. Detun Osikoya
Publicity / Social Secretary