By Chioma Obinna
Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, yesterday, appealed to government at all levels to end casualisation of doctors’s employment in the country.
Speaking in Lagos, President of NMA, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, specifically, urged Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State to stop the casualisation of doctors in the state.
It would be recalled that Lagos State Government had in 2012 employed about 373 medical doctors as locum doctors (casual workers).
The state explained then that the locum doctors were engaged to put an end to doctors’ strike in the state.
However, Enabulele, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the 53rd Annual General Conference/Delegates Meeting of NMA, urged all state governments yet to implement the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, CONMESS, especially Lagos, to do so without further delay.
He described the ongoing war on professionalism and hierarchical order in the country’s health sector as “Pull The Doctor Down Syndrome, PTDDS.
Enabulele said “This syndrome, which at best is premised on strange efforts to attain equal standing with the doctor in terms of professional calling, status, remuneration and responsibility, is being advanced by some groups of support staff in public hospitals.”
He posited that unprofessional campaign and equality beauty contest was being fought with all forms of manipulative tactics including the use of outright blackmail, falsehood, threat and act of intimidation, strike and other unholy strategies.