The Federal Government says it is considering banning medical doctors working in public hospitals from engaging in private practice.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
The minister said the council deliberated on the issue of private practice by medical doctors in the public sector and had set up a committee to look into the matter.
Adewole explained that it is illegal for civil servants to engage in private practice except farming, adding that the government was considering enforcing the law.
He said, “A committee has been set up to look extensively into that issue because we want to resolve the issue of what does the law of the land states and what the rule of professional ethics says.
“The law of the land does not allow any public officer to do anything other than farming.
“So, that committee would make appropriate recommendation to government on this important issue which is of considerable interest to quite a number of Nigerians.”
“In addition to that, we will also look at the Yayale Ahmed Report which tried to look into the relationship between professional groups in the health sector and the office of the SGF has been mandated to forward a White Paper on the report to the FEC so that, once and for all, government can restore harmony to the health sector.”