A statement signed by the National President of the Association, Dr Steven Oluwole, noted that reports received from hospitals nationwide, and data collected from members during the meeting showed that members of the MDCAN, who include orthopaedic surgeons, obstetricians, gynaecologists, infectious diseases specialists, physicians and several other specialists have been attending to patients in various hospitals across the country within the limits that are practicable in the current prevailing situation and circumstances.
The association affirmed its full support for all the ideals of the Nigerian Medical Association geared towards improvement of services at all tiers of health care but added that it will comply fully with the restraining order on all parties, contained in the ruling, delivered by Hon. Justice M.N. Esowe on the 27th day of June, 2014, on the Motion Ex-Parte for an Order of Interim Injunction in Suit No. NICN/ABJ/177/2014 [Incorporated Trustees of the Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) v Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity & Attorney-General of the Federation, ( pending before the National Industrial Court, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory).
According to him the MDCAN met in Ilorin, Kwara State on Saturday July 5, 2014, to review the state of health care delivery in the country.
The statement reads in part, “We note, without reservations, the unnecessary rivalry that has thrown the health sector into endless cycles of strikes and threat of strikes.
“After extensive deliberations, the following resolutions were made:
*In the same vein, MDCAN expects the other parties to the above suit to comply fully with the terms of the said restraining order.
*Branches of the MDCAN and individual consultants should continue to provide services to patients, but should exercise their professional judgement as to the best care feasible and practicable in the current situation.
*All patients and Nigerians are assured of our commitment to uninterrupted and high quality health care services.
*MDCAN pleads with the Federal Government of Nigeria to do all that is necessary to bring a quick end to the current impasse.