The Federal Government has approved the appointment of doctors, nurses, and other clinical healthcare workers as contract staff after attaining their compulsory retirement age.
This was revealed by the Federal Ministry of Health in a circular signed by the Permanent Secretary, Service Policies and Strategies Office, Olufemi Oloruntoba, dated 5th of October 2023 and released to newsmen over the weekend.
The circular directed the Chief Executive Agencies, Chief Medical Directors, Medical Directors, and Heads of Regulatory Bodies and Schools to ensure compliance with the circular.
The government, however, stressed that the appointed contract staff would be on the same salary scale level that they retired on if they desire and deserve it.
“Government should engage the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Medical Association to extract some level of commitment from medical doctors.
“To address the observed dissatisfaction with the attitude of health workers to work, there is a need to institutionalize an effective performance management system in the public service in order to improve the work ethics of the medical officers and consultant, and medical doctors should show more patriotism in the discharge of their duties and avoid holding the system to ransom,” it added.