President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to use the report of the Presidential Committee of Experts on Inter-Professional Relationship in the Public Health Sector to end unhealthy rivalries among healthcare professionals in Nigeria.

He made the promise on Friday at the State House, Abuja, when the report was handed over to him by the chairman of the committee, former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mahmud Yayale Ahmed.

Jonathan said the Federal Government would review the report immediately and act expeditiously on it with a view to issuing a white paper on it and beginning the implementation of its accepted recommendations early next year.

He stressed that incessant strikes in the public health sector had unfortunately created an atmosphere of uncertainty, thus leaving many people with fewer options for quality medical services.

Jonathan expressed optimism that the implementation of the committee’s accepted recommendations would help to end the unhealthy trend.

In his remarks, Yayale told the President that the committee identified 50 areas of conflict after receiving memoranda and interacting with about 40 professional bodies in the public health sector and members of the public. He explained that the areas of conflicts were broadly categorised into organisational management, leadership and team work, remuneration and motivation, career management, capacity building, professional practice, labour, legal and governance issues.

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