BREAKING: FG scraps salary for medical house officers and other health interns…A new salary structure (different from that of civil service) for house officers and other interns to be drafted.
In a shock move that has left the medical community in Nigeria dazed, www.nimedhealth.com.ng can authoritatively report that the federal government of Nigeria through the National Council of National of Establishments (NCE) has stopped the salaries of medical house officers, dental house officers, nurse interns, physiotherapy interns, pharmacy interns, medical laboratory science interns and NYSC doctors and in the process removed them from the federal civil service structure.
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In other words, the salaries of all health interns in Nigeria health institutions including that of house job have been removed from the payroll of the federal civil service. In case you still don’t understand this piece of information, the federal government is saying housemanship (a paid mandatory one year service for fresh medical graduates) is part of the continued training for doctors and other interns and therefore , they are no longer under any obligation to pay them salaries as civil servants rather, the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission will now determine their new salaries.
Before now, a house officer is on consolidated medical salary scale (CONMESS). With this decision, the federal government have removed house officers from the civil service salary scale saying they will no longer pay HOs as civil servants…FG is simply saying they no longer recognise HOs as civil servants and that the CMDs and MDCN through the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission should determine what they want to pay house officers and other health interns. HOs will still be paid but the problem
and worry is how much?
This information is contained in document dated 12th of April, 2021 and released by the National Council of Establishment (NCE is the highest decision making body in the civil service and duly signed by the head of civil service Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan….who is surprisingly a doctor that graduated as the best graduating dental student from the University of Ibadan in 1987.
The government is saying housemanship and other health internships is a form of “studentship” and not are therefore not part of civil service (servants). It went further to say yes, house officers will be paid, but their earnings should henceforth be determined by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission. What it means is National salaries, income and wages commission will determine their pay like they do for others like Presidents, ministers, governors etc instead of them being attached to civil service pay structures.
The Press Release:
“Head of Service of the Federation
12th April, 2021
INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME IN THE CIVIL/PUBLIC SERVICE
The National Council on Establishments (NCE) at its 42nd meeting held from 30th November 4th December, 2020 in lkeja, Lagos State reviewed the current status of internship programmes/housemanship/NYSC Doctors in the Service, and approved their removal from the
Schemes of Service as posts attracting grade levels in the salary structure.
The Council based its decision on the grounds that the period of these programmes/services form part of the trainings in their respective professions.
Interns shall, however, be considered for the payment of allowance to be determined by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.
This approval will be reflected in subsequent edition of the Schemes of Service.
Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan
Head of the Civil Service of the Federation”
This latest decision is not unrelated to the recent outcry, social media hashtags, and even open protests by house officers following the non- payment or half payment of their salaries after the centralisation by the medical and dental council of Nigeria (MDCN)…many health experts cited the the lack of cooperation of the hospital CMDs with the MDCN as the cause of the sour development. In the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and Jos University Teaching Hospital for example, house officers and other interns carrying banners, took to the premises of the management of the hospital to protest their financial hardship as a result of non-payment of their salaries.
Now that the FG no longer recognise house officers as civil servants, that means the salary structure will change (higher or lower?). What does the future hold for the salaries of young medical graduates and also the interns of other health professionals? Will the expected new salary structure of house officers and other health interns be favourable? We wait..
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