Published On: Sun, Apr 16th, 2023

Onuesoke Faults Lawmakers Proposal Of  Five Years Compulsory Service For Medical Doctors


LAGOS APRIL 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain and former Delta State gubernatorial aspirant, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has  faulted member of House of Representative  proposal of  five years compulsory service for medical doctors in Nigeria,  describing it   as discriminatory and undemocratic.

“How would government enforce that? Any doctor who feels that he is not satisfied with his service condition is free to go anywhere. Why and how will he be tied down if conditions of service are not improved? he queried.

Recall that the Nigerian House of Representatives recently passed a contentious bill aimed at addressing the country’s medical personnel shortage. The proposed legislation requires doctors trained in Nigeria to practice within the country for a minimum of five years before being granted a license to practice abroad.

Onuesoke who condemned the proposed bill   while addressing newsmen on arrival at Asaba International, Asaba, Delta State from Lagos wondered why members of the House of Representative  should  focus on  medical doctors when Nigerians across all professions are fleeing the country in droves to seek greener pasture elsewhere because of the decline of the nation’s economy?

He argued that  the proposed bill  is undemocratic because it  infringes on medical personnel freedom of movement to seek good  means of  economical livelihood  in other part of the  world after spending years and finance to acquire the profession.

According to him,  “Policy makers who  go for medical trip overseas are now telling doctors who suffered and was trained by their parents on where to work. Do you dictate to me on where to work after my studies? If it is easy who do their children  not become medical doctors?

Onuesoke disclosed that policymakers must balance the desire to retain medical professionals in the country with the need to encourage individuals to pursue medical training by not only providing good medical infrastructures in the hospitals, but equally provide encouraging welfare packages in order to retain their services.

He advised  that  Government must take a holistic approach to address the healthcare crisis in Nigeria, which includes not only retaining medical professionals but also encouraging more individuals to pursue medical training in the country.

“Do you know that there are many doctors who do not have employment in this country? Such doctors cannot be prevented from leaving the country if they get offer somewhere else,” he stated.

The PDP Chieftain further stated that  the legislation if passed into law may discourage individuals from pursuing medical training  thereby  exacerbating the current shortage of medical professionals in the country.

According to him, “Medical students in Nigeria may be deterred from pursuing medical training if they know that they will be required to practice in Nigeria for a minimum of five years before being granted a license to practice abroad.”




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