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Mon, Aug 7, 2023 2:10 PM

Nigerian Medical Workers Urge Government to Rethink "No Work No Pay" Policy

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Nigerian Medical Workers Urge Government to Rethink "No Work No Pay" Policy
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and its affiliates in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nasarawa, and Kogi states have pleaded with the Federal Government to reconsider its decision to implement a "No Work No Pay" policy for medical workers. They argue that such a move could worsen the existing healthcare crisis, intensify the shortage of doctors, and drive more professionals to seek employment opportunities abroad. The NMA emphasizes the need to address doctors' demands to ensure a conducive environment for medical practitioners and to incentivize them to stay within the country's healthcare system. The association also calls on the government to prioritize the safety and well-being of healthcare workers.

In a joint press conference held in Abuja, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter, alongside the Nasarawa and Kogi states chapters, appealed to the Federal Government to reconsider its stance on implementing a "No Work No Pay" policy for medical workers, stating that such a move could have significant detrimental effects on the healthcare sector.

The plea comes amid an ongoing strike initiated by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and was voiced during the inauguration of the 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Conference of the NMA-FCT.

Dr. Charles Ugwuanyi, the Chairman of NMA-FCT, strongly criticized the Federal Government's proposed approach, warning that it could exacerbate the already dire healthcare crisis by intensifying the shortage of doctors. He highlighted the potential consequences, including more medical professionals choosing to seek better opportunities abroad.

Ugwuanyi emphasized that the demands put forth by NARD were primarily aimed at safeguarding the rights of medical practitioners and fostering an environment where dedicated doctors would choose to remain in service for the nation.

He further emphasized the current scarcity of practicing doctors in Nigeria, with fewer than 25,000 registered physicians. Given this shortage, Ugwuanyi implored the government to devise strategies that would incentivize doctors to stay within the country's healthcare system.

The NMA-FCT Chairman also called upon governmental bodies at all levels to prioritize the safety and well-being of healthcare workers. The association expressed its condolences to the Lagos State Government following the tragic demise of Dr. Vwaere Diaso, a young female doctor who lost her life due to a mechanical failure in a lift.

Dr. Peter Attah, Chairman of the Committee of State Chairmen of NMA and head of the Nasarawa State chapter, strongly disapproved of the "No Work No Pay" proposition. Attah argued that this approach would undermine healthcare service delivery rather than improve it.

The healthcare sector in Nigeria is already grappling with numerous challenges, including inadequate infrastructure, insufficient funding, and brain drain. If the government proceeds with the "No Work No Pay" policy, it could result in further disruptions in healthcare services and push more doctors to seek employment opportunities in other countries.

It is crucial for the government to address the demands put forth by the NARD and work towards creating a conducive environment for medical practitioners. This would not only help retain doctors within the country but also attract professionals who have left to return and contribute to the healthcare system.

The NMA-FCT and its affiliates continue to advocate for the rights and well-being of medical workers, emphasizing the need for policymakers to prioritize the healthcare sector's development. By investing in the healthcare system and recognizing the critical role of doctors and healthcare professionals, Nigeria can move towards achieving a robust and sustainable healthcare system that benefits both practitioners and patients alike.

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