By Albert Akpor
RESIDENT doctors in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, have condemned alleged moves by the Ministry of Health to privatise some key hospitals at the nationâ€™s seat of power.
The act, the doctors said, would further make patronage of health services more expensive. In a communique signed by President of the Association, Dr. Noel Arua the doctors also condemned the inaccessibility to the Health Minister. Noting that there was improved quality of health delivery, they said patients at the FCT would be worse off if the privatisation move was not dropped.
â€œWe are concerned over failed attempts at advocacy visit to the Minister of Health and by this medium demand urgent audience. We also wish to state that this association condemns in totality the privatization of Garki Hospital as well as plans to privatise Karu General Hospital which will deprive residents of FCT accessible and affordable means of quality health care.
â€œThis, we regret, has led to the perennial congestion in our hospitals as a result of this concession and shall resist any attempt to further worsen the plight of patients in nationâ€™s capital territory.â€
Further, Noel said, â€œWe also frown at the incessant resignation of key health care personnel notably consultants from the services of the FCT which is an indication of an underlying anomaly in the health care system and welfare package.
â€œWhile we strongly believe that our minister will be the first amongst others to implement the consolidated medical salary structure and the consolidated health salary structure package duly approved by Federal government with effect from 1st January 2010 as stipulated by the circular to this effect, however, we shall resist by all means any attempt to fly policies or decisions which are inimical to the overall benefitof patients, doctors as well as other health workers in the FCT.â€