The leadership of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) has flayed the Federal Government alleged adamant to its health regulatory roles and functions as regards to relationship with doctors.
They said that the medical laboratory scientists had suffered unbearable humiliation under the merger with Medical Doctors.
While the Association recalled several cases in the cause of the right pursued and won at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), it vowed to uphold the legitimate right on national health act of 2014 which forbids health professionals going on strike in order to demand for their legitimate rights.
National President of the AMLSN, Toyosi Raheem, who spoke to journalists in Asaba, Delta State, alleged that ma`nagement of various hospitals across the 36 states hide under the fact that the Minister of Health had not given them a circular to effect the court judgments which clearly stated that Medical Laboratory Scientists be separated from the doctors’ duties as they can only collaborate with the doctors during carrying out their functions; such tests for patients.
Raheem explained: “Those charged with ensuring that the statues of government and laws of the land are obeyed, are the same elements” doing everything to frustrate the judgments” adding that since the judgments the leadership of various hospitals have allegedly been frustrating members of the association from ensuring the fruits of government’s good intentions.”
He said that the “cabals have also tried to enthrone the law by disrespecting the pronouncements of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) via the use “extra powers” and authority of government vested in them to wittingly suppress and ensure that government provision for other health professionals, especially that of medical laboratory scientist and not work.
“This has become an overarching trend by successive leadership and heads of its health facilities and institutions, the trend has resulted in further fueling the rancor and disharmony in work places that are prevailing currently in most of the health institution in Nigeria” he added.
Raheem expressed gratitude to Honourable Justice Esowe at the NICN, Abuja, her judgment on Friday February 17, 2017, where she expressly directed the Chief Medical Director (CMD) and the Director of Administration (DA) of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Prof. Edmund Bangwas and Alibitrus respectively to within 30 days, remove all pathologists and all persons not allowed by the LFN cap m25, LFN 2004.
According to the National president, “The directive to the Hon. Minister of Health compelling him to issue a circular to all CMDs and MDs of tertiary health institutions in Nigeria is not an impossible task, if the Minister of health, Prof. Isaac F. Adewole is to demonstrate his concern for the rule of law in Nigeria.”