THE Nigerian Medical Association, NMA , says it will deploy all legitimate means at its disposal to resist the proposed bill calling for a compulsory five year service to Nigeria by medical doctors trained in the country.
Recall that the bill before the House of Representatives – sponsored by Hon. Ganiyu Johnson – proposes that trained medical or dental practitioners compulsorily work in the country for a minimum of five years before they are granted full licenses or travel abroad.
The NMA has called on the House to discard the bill and rather put pressure on the Government to address the ‘push’ factors propelling the brain drain in the health sector.
It is also calling on the Federal Ministry of Health to jettison the idea of forced bonding of doctors via a policy directive, which they say is against natural justice, equity and good conscience.
The position of the Nigerian medical practitioners is part of 14-point resolutions contained in its communique released at the end of its 63rd Annual General Conference and Delegates Meeting in Taraba State.