Resident Doctors Frown At Misguided Statement Credited To Chairman Medical, Dental Council

    Interior of a brand new ambulance donated by retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to a hospital named after her in Gombe.

    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    The National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD) has expressed dissatisfaction over statement credited by Chairman of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

    This was disclosed in a statement jointly signed by the President,  Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi and Secretary, Dr Jerry Isogun and made available to New Nigerian on Saturday in Kaduna.

    “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to Prof. Abba Hassan,  Chairman of the Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) who during the  induction ceremony of the foreign-trained medical doctors said that house officers  should not be part of any association and will be punished by MDCN if found  culpable.”

    “The leadership of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) frowns at  such misguided utterance and would refer the MDCN to her Act cap 221 where the  membership of our House officers is unequivocally captured.

    “We want to categorically state that NARD as a body has been at the forefront of  the advocacy for central placement of house officers. 
    “We have fought and will continue to engage all relevant authorities for an improved remuneration and  condition of service for our house officers thus, we will resist any attempt by  MDCN to cause confusion in the health sector.

    “The MDCN should focus on her duties of Central placement of house officers and  payment of house officers for January as this is bringing hardship to our members.” Can

    The association therefore called on the minister of health and all relevant stakeholders to call the MDCN  Chairman to order to prevent any form of crisis in the already fragile health sector  at this critical time of COVID-19 pandemic with its global impact and  consequences.


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