Under Any Circumstance, Doctors Are Not to Go on Strike – Chris Ngige
Sen. Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment, has condemned the spate of strikes in the health sector, describing it as inimical to the oath of medical profession.
Ngige said this at the opening of this year’s Annual General Meeting and scientific session of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), FCT Chapter, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Making reference to the medical doctors, Ngige said incessant strike was against the oath they swore to when they were inducted into the profession.
He added that the past government did not do well with regards to meeting agreements on remuneration, welfare, among others, in the profession.
He then urged the NMA to look for a better way of resolving the lingering crisis in the sector so as to reduce the rate of strikes.
The minister said that in most cases, it was the patients that suffer the consequences and appealed to them to make the health of patients as their priority as enshrined in the oath of secrecy.
Ngige quoted some portion of the oath to remind the doctors which says “my patient will be my first consideration.
“I will not permit consideration of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political, race, sexual orientation or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient.’’
The minister explained that “taking into consideration these provisions, you are not supposed to proceed on strike as a medical professional in any circumstance.’’