Uploaded by on June 27, 2021

The Joint Health Sector Union workers, JOHESU, has sent a red alert to the National Assembly.

It wants the Clerk of the Assembly to stop further proceedings on the amendment of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, Act.

It also wants the House of Representatives to shun concurrence and harmonization of the bill.

The reason is that there is a pending case at the Court of Appeal over some proposed amendments that impinge on the practice of other professionals in the medical line.

In a statement signed by the Chairman of JOHESU, Comrade Joy Bio Josiah, it listed some of the offending proposals as empowering MDCN to regulate the practice of Clinical Laboratory practice contrary to the Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, Act, the right for physicians to stock and dispense drugs.

Others include provisions that only the MDCN can certify who is medically qualify, attempt to make only doctors to head teaching hospitals and be the Chairman Medical Advisory Committees.

The statement notes that NNPC and the Nigerian Ports Authority, both agencies of government that run standard hospital services for their workers have pharmacists at the head of their health care service delivery.

It says that the police health service was at its best when it was headed by a pharmacist.

The statement also frowns at the National Emergency Medical Services Agency Bill 2021 being sponsored by Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe.

It says the bill is uncalled for because the National Health Act 2014 has already taken care of medical emergencies and have operational guidelines in cases of emergencies.

By Fabian Anawo

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