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Resident doctors demand policy statement on recruitment

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has expressed worry over the waivers granted to hospitals by the Federal Government for the employment of health workers in a bid to enhance healthcare delivery.

NARD said the Federal Government should give clarity on the recent declaration of the Federal Executive Council on the relief of waiver for recruitment from the Head of Service for prompt follow-up.

The government in January authorised the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to approve recruitment requests by qualifying health institutions.

This decision was taken at the Federal Executive Council, which the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof Ali Pate, said would accelerate the hiring of healthcare workers and reduce delays.

Pate noted that President Bola Tinubu directed the council that the approvals of those waivers be delegated to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare so that it would not have to go through the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

Also, the Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Tunji Alausa, last Friday said the government had set up a committee to look into the issue of accumulated waiver requests for employment of health workers in the various hospitals.

However, the President of NARD, Dr Dele Abdullahi, said there was a need for a policy statement on the statement made by the government.

Abdullahi also worried that even with the policy statement, the process of employment might not have changed so much, and might delay recruitment opportunities for health workers.

The NARD president urged the Ministry of Health to provide a policy on the waiver for recruitment.

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