Doctors in Lagos State under the auspices of Medical Guild, said they would ensure that care services would be provided in health facilities in Lagos State so as to reduce the burden of the ongoing strike declared by health workers.
They made their plan known in a communiqué issued at the end of the Ordinary General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Medical Guild held in Lagos on May 12.
According to the communiqué, which was signed by the Chairman of Medical Guild, Dr. Babajide Saheed and the association’s Secretary, Dr. Opeyemi Aiyegbo, Medical Guild has directed that a committee be set up to ensure that members of the Guild continues to maintain services in Lagos hospitals.
Medical Guild, an association of doctors employed by Lagos State Government, is an affiliate of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
Although, the health workers strike declared by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) began since April 17, the national body of the union directed its members in state hospitals to join the strike last week and this has crippled services in state hospitals.
However, the Medical Guild, in its Communique said its members would be on ground to attend to the patients that need care in the state.
Similarly, the Medical Guild stated that it was vehemently opposed the appointment of a non-medically qualified person as the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Health Service Commission, “as this is stated in the Health Sector Reform Law 2006 setting up the Commission.”
Saheed and Aiyegbo said, “The government should take steps to correct this irregularity.”
Furthermore, the association stated that it had rejected the position of Consultant Pharmacist as indicated in the circular. “It is our position that the work ‘Consultant’ in a hospital refers only to specialist medical practitioner of high ranking who is an expert in his/or her field.
“The meeting observed that the conferment of the status of Consultant to any health worker apart from Medical Directors will lead to chaos and anarchy in the health sector.
“It will also adversely affect patient care and indeed promote widespread quackery in the state.”
In addition, they said he conferment of the status of Director on the Medical Laboratory Scientists and Radiographers would lead to turmoil and confusion in the system.
Furthermore, the Medical Guild frowned at a situation in which doctors had not been benefiting from training programmes while other health workers had been given various trainings.
According to them, a number of contract doctors had not been regularised, contrary to the position of the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
They noted that the association would vigorously pursue the matter of regularisation of contract doctors to a successful conclusion.
They said, “The association rejects any attempts to distort the algorithm in hierarchy in the Pathology Department of the State hospitals. We will not accept a situation in which medical laboratory scientist will be allowed to function independently of pathologists.”
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