FG slams proposed five-year compulsory service for Nigerian doctors…

Written by on May 16, 2023

The Federal Government has criticised the National Assembly bill proposing to deny Nigeria-trained medical or dental practitioners from being granted full licences until they have worked for a minimum of five years in the country.

Speaking on Monday with journalists in Abuja after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Minister of Labour Dr Chris Ngige said the proposed bill cannot stop anyone from getting a full license.

On April 7, the bill scaled through the second reading in the House of Representatives.

Sponsor of the bill, Honourable Ganiyu Johnson (APC/Lagos), posited that the legislation is to address the brain drain in the Nigerian health sector.

However, Ngige pointed out that there are other avenues to check brain drain in the country, describing the bill as ‘not workable’.

“Nobody can say they will not get a practising licence till after five years, it will run counter to the laws of the land that has established the progression in the practice of medicine. I am a medical doctor. I don’t support that bill,” he stated.

Ngige said Resident Doctors are those who have that full licence and they want to acquire post-graduate speciality and speciality is known like a surgeon, gynaecologists, obstetrics, paediatrics and internal medicine of family medicine so they are doctors in training.

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