President of MDCAN, Prof. Aminu Muhammad, said in view of the appeal by the minister of Health, P the association resolved to extend the ultimatum by three months.
“We resolved to extend the ultimatum to allow the Federal Government to address all the pending issues.
”If government fails to address these demands at the end of the three months, we will go ahead with our next line of action,” he said.
Muhammad, speaking on the problems of brain-drain, explained that available records show that over 500 highly trained doctors and consultants have left Nigeria.
This error, the council said, resulted in the complete exclusion of the clinical lecturers (Honorary Consultants) from benefitting from the upward review.
It said that inspite of its decision to keep faith with the engagement and negotiations with the National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission for more than two years regarding the correction of the shortfalls in remuneration for Clinical Lecturers (Honorary Consultants), the issue is yet to be conclusively addressed by the Federal Government,” it noted.
The council said it observed the non-universal implementation of CONMESS for all medical and dental doctors irrespective of the agencies of the government they are working with.
The council decried the failure of the government to appreciate the magnitude of the impacts of brain drain in the health sector, as exhibited by the refusal of the National Council on Establishment to approve the Federal Ministry of Health’s proposal on the upward review of the age of retirement for the Medical and Dental Consultants and other health workers.
The consultants are, however, demanding the immediate review of the newly revised CONMESS circular and issuance of a new circular that would reflect the agreed percentage on both the Basic Salary and other allowances, apart from hazard allowance.
According to them, the review will ensure that the clinical lecturers would benefit from the upward review.
Other demands include, a call for the correction of the error of commencement of the implementation of the upward review of CONMESS from June 1, 2022 to Jan. 2023.
The upward review of the CONMESS, they said, should take into consideration the impacts of the fuel subsidy removal and the high inflationary trend that is currently being experienced.
They also demanded for the immediate implementation and circularisation of the agreed modalities for correcting the shortfalls in remunerations of Clinical Lecturers (Honorary Consultants).