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    barnabas

    It will be Good legal exercise to test this bam in a law court. meanwhile no one should punish the massess with strike. Go to court but spare the masses

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    barnabas

    Enejo Abdu:
    1. The announcement of the FEC decision on private practice by doctors and dentists in full employment in the Public Service is not a ban. It is a re-emphasizing of the provisions of the laws of Nigeria that became necessary due to the confusion arising from the *erroneous* provisions on the private practice made in Rule 030425 of the Public Service Rules 2008 and Rule 49 of the Code of Medical Ethics in Nigeria 2008 edition.
    3. The two rules permitted *conditional* private practice by doctors and dentists in full employment in the Public Service pursuant to the Regulated and Other Professions (Private Practice Prohibition) Exemption Order 1 of 1992. The Order exempted doctors and dentists (conditionally) from the blanket prohibition of private practice imposed on professionals, including architects, accountants, dentists, doctors, engineers, lawyers, medical laboratory technologists (scientists), nurses, pharmacists etc, in the public service, by the Regulated and Other Professions (Private Practice Prohibition) Decree 34 of 12 December 1984.
    4. The Public Service Rule 030425 and the Code of Medical Ethics in Nigeria 2008 Rule 49 did not take cognizance of the fact that the Regulated and Other Professions (Private Practice Prohibition) Decree 34 of 1984 and its amendments via Orders 1&2 of 1992 (Order 2 exempted law lecturers), had been repealed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Certain Consequential Repeals) Decree 63 of May 1999. The two rules also didn’t take cognizance of the fact that the 1999 Constitution prohibited any form of private practice by *ALL* public servants in the Fifth Schedule Part 2 paragraph 2a. These errors inadvertently gave the impression that private practice was allowed for doctors and dentists.
    5. It is important to note that there was no need for the other health professionals other than doctors to be mentioned because the prohibition of private practice for them was *NEVER* in doubt. It has *ALWAYS* been illegal for them to engage in private practice.

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      Akins

      Thank you for this clarification. Whose duty is it to enforce the law banning non- doctors in public service from private practice. Most privately owned pharmacies, medical laboratories even some private maternities, nursing homes, clinics are owned & run by the pharmacists, lab scientists & nurses working in public hospitals. Have ever wondered why private pharmacies & labs are booming in business while the publicly owned have been grounded. It is very easy to get bloods from a privately owned blood banks than publicly-owned. The level of diversion of patients to private pharmacies & laboratories is enormous. It is also very common to see other workers in public institutions doing brisk business of all forms during official working hours. I think this clueless govt should focus on immediate problems that have brought this country to its knees. Health care in the country is already comatose. Discriminating against doctors will surely send the health care to journey of no retun (mortuary & grave).

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