Health Care Federation of Nigeria

All health professionals can now rise to the level of consultants in their different fields. This is coming as the federal government continues in its quest to resolve the dragging controversies between the different major health regulatory bodies in the country. A circular has already been passed to that effect to inform the public and relevant authorities about the development.

According to the Vice President of JOHESU, Felix Faniran, the pronouncement came following their meeting with Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim on Thursday.

“We held a meeting with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, on Thursday; the government only released one of the many circulars we told them to release. The one they released was the one in respect of consultancy status which we say they should correct and which they have now corrected.” he said.

According to him, the new development means the different professional bodies can now dictate who becomes a consultant in their profession and not the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

“Other health care professionals are recognized as consultants and that it is their professional bodies that have the right to dictate who should be a consultant or not and not the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and that such people shall be qualified to receive specialist allowance. That is what we have gotten.” He said.

Mr Faniran gave reasons why they embarked on the recent strike.

“We are in the same sector but they (doctors) are enjoying new salary while we have not gotten the circular yet, let alone implement it. Also, this is already November, budgets have been prepared in all institutions and ours have been prepared on old rate, so we can no longer wait.

“Since the government don’t have an answer to this and the arrears of CONHESS 10 skipping, they also have no answer to it. It was supposed to be paid in 2013, they could not pay, we waited till 2014, they said it was not in the budget for 2014 and that we have to wait till 2015, we are tired of all these.

“On the issue of retirement age, we don’t need to argue on this one. There has been a government White Paper in 1981 that whatever is happening in the universities should be the same condition of service in the university teaching hospitals.

“So, since the university is already enjoying 65 to 70 years retirement, it should be made automatic to the university teaching hospitals, since they are sister institutions.” He said.

Source: HealthNews in Nigeria, November 15th, 2014

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