Med­i­cal col­leges, doc­tors

Row rum­bles for

Weekly Trust - - Weekend Magazine - Judd-Leonard Okafor

Fresh row could hit med­i­cal col­leges after an ap­peal that the reg­u­la­tors of med­i­cal col­leges with­draw ac­cred­i­ta­tion from med­i­cal schools where first-de­gree hold­ers teach­ing in ba­sic med­i­cal sciences are not des­ig­nated as “lec­turer ll”.

The des­ig­na­tion is an “age-long reg­u­la­tion,” ac­cord­ing to Dr Fran­cis Faduy­ile, pres­i­dent of the Nige­rian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is­sued the call based on a res­o­lu­tion of its ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee which met in Uyo last week.

It im­plored the Med­i­cal and Den­tal Coun­cil of Nige­ria, which reg­u­lates the prac­tice of medicine and den­tistry to “im­me­di­ately ini­ti­ate the process to with­draw ac­cred­i­ta­tion” to schools where MBBS hold­ers in academia are not prop­erly placed.

The as­so­ci­a­tion also wants the med­i­cal reg­u­la­tor to en­sur­ing that dur­ing reg­u­la­tion, all med­i­cal teach­ers are “paid the ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­cal al­lowances and other re­mu­ner­a­tions”.

It is uncer­tain how MDCN, which reg­u­lates medicine and ac­cred­its uni­ver­sity med­i­cal col­leges, will take up the re­quest with the Na­tional Uni­ver­si­ties Com­mis­sion, which reg­u­lates uni­ver­si­ties them­selves.

But it fol­lows a trend of dis­torted wel­fare for doc­tors around the coun­try, which the as­so­ci­a­tion has de­scribed as dis­ap­point­ing.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is La­gos and Abia are look­ing to en­sure rights of doc­tors in both states are not tram­pled, after com­plained of fail­ure to pay.

La­gos Uni­ver­sity Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal has failed to pay its doc­tors for more than four months, and Abia state failed to pay health worker salaries for eight months, ac­cord­ing to the as­so­ci­a­tion. It also says doc­tors at Fed­eral Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Umuahia are be­ing con­verted to “ca­sual” staff.

Doc­tors de­mand a place in Nige­ria’s health sys­tem

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