FG bans private practice for public sector doctors

The Federal government has banned medical doctors working in public hospitals from engaging in private practice.

The decision was reached at the Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The government resolved that henceforth, the policy of no-work-no-pay, which contains in the country’s law, would be invoked against workers embarking on strike.

In a joint media briefing after the FEC, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, noted that most of the unions that recently embarked on strike contravened labour laws, especially the Trade Dispute Act.

The ministers further said that a committee had been set up for comprehensive evaluation of job done by workers, especially in the public sector.

Doctors employed in government health facilities have been known to pay more attention to their private clinics, leaving government hospitals to suffer.

Worse still, some allegedly divert patients and materials from government hospitals to their private clinics.

In banning private practice by public sector-employed medics, the government might have reasoned that the sharp practices will stop.


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