The Federal Government has announced that from henceforth, medical doctors working in public hospitals are banned from engaging in private practice.
The decision to ban private practice for doctors in public service, according to Vanguard, was taken at the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting which held on Wednesday, October 11, inside the council chamber, State House Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting was presided by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Briefing State House correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewale, said council decided to look into the issue of private practice by medical doctors in the public sector, adding that a committee was set up to look extensively into the issue.
He said the decision became important because of the worrisome development in the health sector, and that government was desirous to resolve the issue in accordance with what the law of the land stated and what the rule of professional ethics said.
The minister said the law of the land did not allow any public officer to do anything other than farming, adding that the committee set up to look into the matter would make appropriate recommendations to government on the issues which he said was of considerable interest to quite a number of Nigerians.
The Federal Government also said that henceforth the doctrine of no work no pay which was contained in the nation’s law would be invoked for workers embarking on strike.
Speaking during a joint media briefing with the Helth Minister, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige noted that most of the unions that recently embarked on strike went againt the labour laws especially the Trade Dispute Act.
Ngige said the decision followed a recent spate of strike actions by some industrial unions across the country.
Mr. Ngige said while any employee who goes on strike will not be paid for the period they stayed away from work, “the period of strike is also non-pensionable. This is because of the industrial crisis we suffered in the last two months.”
The Labour Minister also announced that the government has decided to “fish out all labour unions that have no term limits for their elected officials” and have them do so.
He said the ministry will look at the constitution of all unions and make sure that elected officials do not stay permanently in office.
The minister said the common rule is that all union officials are not transferred out of their stations and some people have taken advantage to avoid going to places where their services may be needed.
The ministers further disclosed that a committee had been set up for comprehensive evaluation of job done by workers especially in the public sector.
The Nigerian health and educational terrain was recently hit by a series strike embarked on by key unions that nearly brought the affected sectors to their knees.