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Hospital Bill: Pharmacists task medical associations on patient’s needs

By Ijeoma UKAZU

Following the amendment of the University Teaching Hospitals Bill, the Clinical Pharmacists Association of Nigeria, CPAN, has berated the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, MDCAN and Association of Provosts of Colleges of Medicine in Nigeria, APCOM, saying their support undermines patient’s needs.

Recall that the MDCAN and APCOM in bill titled: ‘A Bill for an Act to Amend the University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards) Act, Cap U15 LFN 2004’ is seeking that medical practitioners only should be the CEOs of tertiary hospitals.

In a statement signed by Dr Joseph Madu, CPAN’s national chairman and Dr Moteehat Bukkie Olu-Lawal, national secretary, noted that the proposed bill is tailored to meet personal interests than patients’ needs adding, that Nigerians deserve optimal healthcare that fits the global best practices.

The statement partly reads, “The Clinical Pharmacists Association of Nigeria, CPAN, hereby places on record her total condemnation of the position of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, MDCAN, and the Association of Provosts of Colleges of Medicine in Nigeria, APCOM, over their recent Press statements on the Bill titled: “A bill for an Act to amend the University Teaching hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards) Act, Cap U15 LFN 2004.”

The Bill was sponsored by Hon. Bamidele Salam, representing Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency.

The statement further reads, “CPAN is a registered corporate body of clinical pharmacists in Nigeria (and in diaspora) with the fundamental aims and objectives to provide direct healthcare to individual patients and the general population through advanced clinical pharmacy services.

“We believe that Nigerian people deserve and should get optimal healthcare that fits global best practices, and that achieving this goal should override any other chauvinistic professional interests and considerations.”

The Bill was sponsored by Hon. Bamidele Salam, representing Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency is to amend the usurpation and disparity among health workers.

While urging MD-CAN and APCOM to prioritize patients/community interests over personal gains, the chairman asserted that the statements credited to both MDCAN and APCOM in various News media recently about the health bill, claiming that physician led hospitals are universally better managed than non-physician-led hospitals, is baseless.

“We hereby state that such claims lack verifiable evidence and are aimed at misinforming the general public and our lawmakers.”

He went further to explain that CPAN is not opposed to any particular healthcare professional group members being the heads of Nigeria’s university teaching tertiary hospitals, but is deeply concerned about the continued deleterious outcome of sacrificing competence and merit on the altar of the ego of a certain group of Nigeria’s health care professionals.

On who gets appointed for the headship of the hospital, the national chairman asserted that what is proper is that physicians who get such apex appointments should be hired based on merit and competence, and not based on their first degree, as this is not the practice anywhere in the world. The criteria are qualifications and cognate experience.

“The position of the Chief Medical Director is indisputably a top management position, and not direct patient care or clinical position. Generally, anyone vying for the position of the headship of the hospital must have the relevant qualifications. It could be a Masters in Business Administration, MBA, Masters in Health Management, Masters in Health Administration or Masters in Medical Management or other equivalent administrative postgraduate qualifications,” he added

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