By Chioma Obinna
The Lagos State Government has challenged medical doctors under its employ to play a role towards improving standards of healthcare at their various facilities in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris who made the call at the opening of the AGM/Scientific Conference of the Medical Guild with the theme: Restoring Order and Balance in Hierarchy of the Health Sector, charged members of the Guild to make their facilities more competitive in the global healthcare space.
Idris also urged them to work together as a team, share knowledge and create collaborations and partnerships that would place Lagos on the map as a healthcare destination of choice.
Commenting on the theme, Idris called for collaboration among healthcare professionals.
He said failures in inter-professional teamwork and communication have led directly to compromised patients care, staff distress, tension and inefficiency.
“They also make a substantial contribution to medical errors and are a contributory factor in 61 per cent of sentinel events, which is why the principle behind the movement toward patient-centered care is growing.
“To me, there is no doubt that physicians are the clinical leaders of the healthcare organisation. However, such leadership role must engender true professionalism and ethics, appropriate knowledge base, professional collaboration and team spirit,” he said.
Chairman, Medical Guild, Lagos, Dr. Saliu Oseni lamented that non-medical personnel have continued to try to own prescription rights against professional ethics and standards.
“It is important to re-set the balance to correct the distorted hierarchy in the health sector with proper hierarchical distribution in the sector and correct the wrong impression of the existence of professional autonomy in the hospital setting as being peddled by some groups within the health sector and ensure the institution of appropriate clinical governance,” Oseni stated.
Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Primary Healthcare, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga called for unity amongst doctors.
He also called for enlargement of medical curriculum to accommodate other courses for doctors to be versatile in other areas of life. He as well wants doctors to be involved in politics.