The salary of medical officers – dental house Officers, nurse interns, pharmacist interns, medical laboratory science interns , Nysc doctors, and medical house Officers to be scrapped from the payroll of the federal civil service.
This implies that the compulsory paid mandatory year service of medical students ( housemanship) has now been converted, and is now a part of continued training for doctors and other interns, and thus they are not under any obligation to be paid by the federal government.
The information contained in a document dated 12 April 2021 was Released by the National Council of Establishment NCE.
The government stated that the Housemanship should be viewed as an extension of studentship and not supposed to be a paid job as perceived by many.
The NCE is the highest decision making body with respect to the civil service. The document of information was duly signed by the head of the civil service Dr. Folashade Yemi – Esan
“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.
Signed – Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan
Head of the Civil Service of the Federation”
This decision is said to be related to the recent complains and 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)…
Furthermore, many health experts have cited lack of cooperation of the hospital CMDs with the MDCN as the cause of the latest sour development.