The Federal Government, yesterday, announced a ban for medical doctors working in public hospitals to engage in private practice outside their place of work. Government also said henceforth, the doctrine of no work, no pay, which was contained in the nation’s law, would be invoked for workers embarking on strike.
The decision was taken at yesterday’s Federal Executive Council, meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Briefing State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said council decided to look into the issue of private practice by medical doctors in the public sector.
He said the decision became important because of the worrisome development in the health sector, and that government was desirous to resolve the issue in accordance with what the law of the land stated and what the rule of professional ethics said.
Also briefing journalists, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said henceforth, any union that embarked on strike should not expect to be paid within the duration of the strike.