The Minster of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, yesterday directed the chief medical directors and medical director of federal tertiary hospitals to fill the vacancies created by resident doctors who have “abandoned” their training programme by refusing to report for work.
This directive was contained in a circular signed by the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Amina Shamaki, dated 21st June, 2016, titled “Re: Residency Training Programme” and sent to medical directors of hospitals.
“It has come to the notice of the Management of the Ministry that some Resident Doctors in your establishment have voluntarily withdrawn from the Residency Training Program by refusing to report for training without authorization. Public Service Rule, PSR 030402 (e) is relevant. This is in spite of the ongoing negotiations on their demands put forward by the representatives of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association.
“In view of this development, you are hereby directed to replace all the doctors that have withdrawn their services, with others from the pool of applicants for the training programs in the various disciplines in order not to create ominous gap in training with attendant disruption of health care delivery in your facility.
“Meanwhile, the ministry is working with the panel on the review of the Residency Training Program in Nigeria, led by Professor Wole Atoyebi, the Registrar of the National Postgraduate Medical College, to fast-track the development of a comprehensive blueprint for postgraduate training of doctors in the country.
“Please, ensure immediate compliance,” the circular read.
However, according to The Guardian, more reasons why the Minister of Health directed the CMDs and MDs Directors of federal tertiary hospitals to fill the vacancies have emerged.
It was gathered that that the Minister was angered by the attitude of the President of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Mohammad Askira, who called for a nationwide strike despite ongoing talks with government.
It was learnt that Askira was rude to the minister and refused to listen to pleas from senior colleagues.
Written by Olufunke Edidi
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