Thursday, 17 December 2015

Medical Tribunal To Punish Erring Doctors

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has warned doctors against indiscipline, negligence and unethical behaviour, saying a Medical Tribunal with the status of a High Court can now look into complaints against them to reduce unethical practices to the barest minimum.

The NMA President, Dr. Kayode Obembe who gave the warning last week, at a news conference to mark the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the body said the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has been empowered to punish erring doctors found guilty of breaching the Hippocratic Oath they had sworn to and to protect the integrity of the profession.

He stressed that negligence is culpable in law and advised those having complaints to channel same to appropriate quarters adding that doctors found guilty have had their medical licences withdrawn, among other sanctions.

He disclosed that medical practitioners can treat emergencies without Police Report, saying they are under obligation to save life first and report to the Police later as provided for under the National Health Act passed into Law by the National Assembly.

This news is even more scary because, it was only last month that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) said it was coming up with stiffer penalties for medical malpractice.

So, if you're a doctor or dentist, please watch your back! 

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