The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has urged the federal government to reconsider using the ‘No Work, No Pay’ policy against striking members of the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
Dr Charles Ugwuanyi, Chairman of the NMA’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter, called Sunday after a thanksgiving mass at the Holy Trinity Church in Maitama, Abuja.
It was part of the Nigeria Medical Association, FCT Chapter (NMA-FCT) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Week activities.
According to Ugwuanyi, doing so would further stymie healthcare delivery in the country.
Government should look at it critically. It will not do the country any good; it will lead to further complications. We are really advising that government should take a look at what it is about to do because it will halt the system more.
He called on governments at all levels to improve working conditions for doctors.
If you look at the medical registry in Nigeria today, we have more than 110, 000 doctors who have been found registrable, who have passed through the registration, but as of April 2022, that is exactly a year plus, we have just less than 36, 000 that renewed their practicing license, and as I speak with you, we have less than 25, 000 doctors that have registered and are practicing in this country today.