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Stakeholders back bill to review nomenclature of heads of Hospitals

By Aaron Ossai

Amidst supremacy crisis in the health sector, stakeholders in the sctor have thrown their weights behind ongoing efforts in the amendment of the University Teaching Hospital Reconstitution of Boards), 2004 which seeks to restructure the composition of the Governing Board, review the nomenclature of the Heads of the Hospitals, redefine the qualifications of Heads of Hospitals, define tenure of heads of hospitals including students of health sciences in the training programmes of hospitals, sponsored by Hon. Bamidele Salam (PDP-Osun).

In his presentation, Hon. Salam observed that the hospital administration is a speciality within healthcare administration; it is one of the most advanced leadership careers in healthcare. It focuses on the overall operation of hospitals and other significant health facilities and requires both healthcare experience and administrative/management acumen.

The purpose of the bill therefore is to strengthen the administration mechanism of University Teaching Hospitals through the broadening of its administrative heads and entrench greater professionalism in the management of our medical tertiary institutions.

He expressed optimism that the legislation will also considerably reduce inter-disciplinary rivalry within the teaching hospitals by ensuring that all critical stakeholders are involved in the composition of the Boards of the teaching hospitals.

According to him, the Bill is in tandem with global best practices with special references to the United Kingdom, United States of America and other countries where medical training have been successfully.

Also the leadership of the House and Stakeholders drawn from the medical and health sector as well as Community leaders expressed overwhelming support for the two bills whick seek to establish upgrade Wesley Guild Hospital, Illesa to Federal Medical Centre in Osun State, sponsored by Hon. Lawrence Babatunde Ayeni (APC-Osun).

Hon. Ayeni explained that the Wesley Guild Hospital located in Ilesa has all the required facilities for conversion of Wesley Guild Hospital to Federal Medical Centre.

At a press briefing, the JOHESU delegation led by National President, Nigerian Union of Allied Professionals, Dr. Ogbonna Chimela and Pharmacist Olumide Akintayo urged that the bill should not be a replica of Decree 10 and that the Head of health institutions should not be skewed the medical doctors alone.

He also urged that the appointment of the medical directors should be reviewed with view to provide enabling environment for all healthcare professionals and administrators as well as managerial skills in order to provide room for competition.

Also speaking, National President of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Nnachi Mike expressed support for the reconstitution of the Board so that best practices can be maintained.

“The change of leadership will certainly move the health sector forward. Without the patient, you may not need the doctor, the pharmacist, the nurse, the laboratory scientist. It is only when we work together that we can impact positively on health of the patients,” he noted.

However, in his presentation, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osage Ohanire who was represented by Director Hospital Services, Adebimpe Adebiyi explained that the university teaching hospital is a well organised system under the federal ministry of health with a mandate with manpower training and primarily designed to train medical students.

While noting that the Chief Medical Director of University Teaching Hospital is not only an administrator but also ensure that standards are maintained he argued that the “passage of this bill into law will lead to a huge disruption in the health sector” and further worsen the brain drain syndrome being experienced in the country and lower standard of healthcare, rather than this bill, expertise should be placed on addressing the brain drain, improving hospital infrastructure.”

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