‘National Hospital Board not attempting to scuttle medical advisory council’s election’

By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

The National Hospital, Abuja has denied allegations of attempts to derail the process of appointing the Chairman Medical Advisory Council (CMAC) of the institution.

A nation daily had on Thursday, in an online report, alleged the Board, chaired by former Speaker of House of Representatives, Mrs. Patricia Etteh, had been making attempts to discard the result of the election of the Council conducted on May 31, 2021.

The report quoted an inside source as alleging Mrs. Etteh, was not comfortable with the choice elected by Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association (MDCAN), leading to alleged moves by the Board to upturn the result.

However, in a statement by its spokesperson, Tayo Haastrup, the National Hospital, Abuja said report was biased, not representative of what really happened and an attempt at preempting the mind of the Board and Management of the institution.

It reads partly: “The writer was biased and the report is not a true representation of what transpired on the appointment of CMAC/DCS in National Hospital Abuja. It is an effort to pre-empt the decision of the Board on this matter as the publication came out before the decision of the Board.

“The Board at its 24th Meeting of June 2021 successfully deliberated on the appointment of CMAC in line with the extant law.

“In arriving at their recommendation and resolution, the Board considered the election of the MDCAN, interview conducted by the Board, performance of the three candidates and the power conferred on the Board by the extant law on the appointment of CMAC/DCS.

“The decision of the Board is in the overall interest of the patients, which is the primary assignment of the hospital, staff, Management and the Nation in general.”

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