The Chief Medical Director of the Jos University Teaching Hospital,Professor Edmund Banwat has been given a forty-day ultimatum to resolve the lingering crisis in the health institution or risk total shut down of the hospital.
It was gathered that the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria,MDCAN gave the ultimatum after their emergency meeting in Jos.
The ultimatum which runs between October 23 , 2017 and November 30th,2017 follows series of complaints against the hospital management over series of issues ranging from non compliance with Circulars emanating from the Federal Ministry of Health ,questionable retrenchment ,persecution of staff, poor management, high -handedness and disregard to subsisting judicial pronouncements among others which had impacted negatively on the hospital in the past months.
In a communiqué issued after the meeting and jointly signed by MDCAN Chairman, Dr Ayuba Madaki Dauda and Secretary ,Dr Amusa Adeniyi, the association expressed regrets that instead of looking into the issues with a view to resolving them, management of JUTH had leaned towards readiness to instituting punitive measures and aversion towards policies that are for staff welfare.
The Communiqué which was also copied to several personalities including the Minister of Health, Governor of Plateau State, Plateau State House of Assembly, Director of State Security Services among others and which was obtained by JAY FM in Jos at the week end observed that “medical services in JUTH have progressively deteriorated over time and are at abysmally low level at the moment.
MDCAN further observed that JUTH is not able to fulfill any of its core mandate of rendering medical services, training and research due to recurrent agitations and strikes by ARD,JOHESU and other unions making it increasingly difficult for Consultants who are responsible for the management of patients to offer qualitative medical services under the present situation, without the risk of medical negligence, malpractice and litigation, a development which it said has made members of the public to lose confidence in the ability of the hospital to stay functional and serve the people
The Communique warned that if progress was not made in restoring normalcy in the hospital before the November dealine, it would have no choice than to advise the Federal Ministry of Health to consider closing down the hospital until such a time when safe and effective medical service is guaranteed