FG to bar doctors from private practice
According to the minister, the only thing the nation’s law permits a public officer to do is farming.
Adewole said a committee had been set up to look into the matter and make appropriate recommendations to the government.
“The council decided to look into the issue of private practice by medical doctors in the public sector, and a committee has been set up to look extensively into that issue because we want to resolve the issue of what does the law of the land state and what the rule of professional ethics says.
“The law of the land does not allow any public officer to do anything other than farming. So, that committee will make appropriate recommendations to government on these important issues which is of considerable interest to quite a number of Nigerians,” he said.
The minister said the government would also look at the report of the Presidential Committee of Experts on Inter-Professional Relationship in the Public Health Sector which was chaired by a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Yayale Ahmed.
Yayale had, while submitting the report to then President Goodluck Jonathan, said the committee identified 50 areas of conflict after receiving memoranda and interacting with about 40 professional bodies in the Public Health Sector and members of the public.
Prof Adewole said the Office of the SGF had been mandated to forward a white paper on the report to the cabinet so that the government could restore harmony to the health sector.