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Is It Ethical For Doctors To Embark On Industrial Action?

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The Hippocratic Oath is one of the most widely known of Greek medical texts, and is an oath historically taken by doctors all over the world, including Nigeria. The oath requires a new doctor to swear, by a number of healing gods, to uphold specific ethical standards, and is considered a rite of passage for practitioners of medicine in many countries, including Nigeria. With the spate of strikes being embarked upon by medical doctors in the country, you will wonder if such oath no longer has a bearing on doctors in Nigeria.

Lives are being lost daily in different states of the federation as a result of persistent strike or industrial actions being embarked upon by these doctors. Does it mean the oath no longer has effect on our medical doctors? Does the oath not forbid doctors from embarking on industrial actions? Should doctors continue to render services to the sick regardless of unpaid salaries, allowances, and poor condition of service?

What are the consequences of violating the oath, especially when it has to do with strike actions? Let’s know what you think about this, especially if those strike actions can be justified.

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