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Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria Asks Court to Nullify Non-doctors Appointment as Consultants
Date Posted: 28/Oct/2013
Medical practitioners under the aegis of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria have asked the National Industrial Court in Abuja to nullify the appointment of some non-medical doctors as consultants.
A panel comprising three Justices of the court headed by Justice B.A Adejumo had in its judgment on July 22, 2013, affirmed the Consultant designation conferred on some of the non-medical doctors.
 
But MDCAN in its post-judgment application dated October 9, 2013, has asked the court to declare the judgment as “null and void”.
 
Through its counsel, Mr. Jiti Ogunye, MDCAN argued that the enforcement of the judgment would have effect on the functioning its members.
 
It therefore contended that failure to join it as a necessary party in the suit, NICN/ABJ/238/2012,  which led to the judgment, amounted to being “denied fair hearing”.
MDCAN also argued that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit because the reliefs sought bordered on “appointment of non-medically qualified health professionals as consultants in the Federal Government institutions and the rights of such appointees to receive specialist allowances.”
 
An affidavit by Dr. O.S.A Oluwole filed in support of the suit stated,  “This application is of extreme urgency and it ought to be determined timely in the interest of care of patients.

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