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NMA wants end to random implementation of residency training Act



The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has called for end to it described as random implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act by the Federal Ministry of Health.

The association made the appeal in a communiqué jointly signed by Dr Frances Faduyile and Dr Olumuyiwa Odusote, the President and Secretary-General, respectively, at the end of its 59 annual general conference on Thursday in Abuja.

The association called on the Federal Government to fully implement the medical residency training act in all its institutions across the country.

NMA also said that the collective bargaining agreement of 2009 between the federal government and NMA was yet to be reviewed after 10 years.

NMA said that this was despite repeated efforts made by the association to the federal government to review such bargain in the interest of members.

It, however, directed the NOC to immediately write a powerful letter to the federal government on the need to commence the review of collective bargaining agreement.

The association noted that failure to commence the review would force NMA to declare an industrial dispute with the federal government.

The communiqué also condemned the non-implementation of CONMESS circular for the payment of medical allowances accrued to all medically qualified doctors in the employment of Nigeria universities.

It said that the career progression of doctors in some university of health service in Nigeria was not conforming to the career progression as contained in the federal Scheme of Service.

The association called on the Nigerian University Commission to direct all the Vice-Chancellors to immediately adopt revised CONMESS circular for the payment of all allowances for doctors in the employment of the universities.