Health providers’ demands legitimate – PSN

By: Chioma Umeha

FG should be committed to their new roles
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has urged the committee set up by the federal government to redress the grievances of health workers on controversial professional issues to be committed and impartial in tackling the various issues.

A statement yesterday signed by Olumide Akintayo, national president, PSN, noted that the demands of the health workers are their human rights and should be respected.

Akintayo stressed the need for government to recognise the different hierarchical order, professionalism, application of nomenclatures such as consultants and directors in hospitals, among other issues.
He said: “The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria wishes to urge the Committee of the Federal Government set up to redress the grievances of health workers on contentious professional matters to be steadfast, bold and upright in tackling the various matters arising without fear or favour.”

“Pharmacists under the umbrella of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria wish to put the record straight by declaring that agitations for recognition of professional roles, optimising career aspirations, appropriate designation of specialist roles and implementation of non-discriminatory salary wages remain the constitutional rights of citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which we shall continue to both champion and uphold,” the PSN boss added.

He regretted that the healthcare sector is structure in a manner that undermines some health professionals.
He said: “It is an irony of fate that the status quo in healthcare in our nation is deliberately structured to impair the legitimate aspiration of some health workers to optimize their potentials in the health sector for many years now.”

He further called for fair treatment to all professionals in the health sector. “The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria is not unmindful of threats of persons who issue ultimatums on adherence to obnoxious “hierarchical orders” in the health sector. We insist and declare our readiness to attain fair justice to all concerned in the health industry in Nigeria,” Akintayo said.

This story was published in Newswatch Times on September 14,  2013.


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