When an email got to me asking if it was proper and legal for a Private Teaching Hospital to do this, I was at a loss… until I received another email with an attached copy of the advert placement.
The advertisement reads;
The Board and Management of Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilisan Remo invites suitable candidates into the Institution as House OfficersREQUIREMENTS:Suitable candidates must have:1) Temporary Registration with the Medical and Dental council of Nigeria (MDCN)2) M.B.B.SMODE OF APPLICATION:Interested candidates will obtain an application form from office of the Director of Clinical Services and Training at Babcock University Teaching Hospital at the cost of Twenty Thousand Naira only (N20,000.00) ordownload the application form here and return the filled form to Babcock University Teaching Hospital with evidence of payment.The account number for payment is:Diamond BankAccount Name: Babcock University Teaching HospitalAccount Number: 0027463849Payment can also be made at GOPD Cash point and receipt obtained.Applicants are expected to contact their three (3) referees to write directly to the Chief Medical Director, Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State and also submit relevant certificates/credentials. Submission of forms and other documents must be addressed to:The Chief Medical Director,Babcock University Teaching Hospital,Ilishan-Remo,Ogun State.CLOSING DATE: Friday 13th November 2015
The email wanted to know if it was proper for the institution to ask newly graduated doctors to pay for the forms that would enable them sit for exams and eventually be employed for Housemanship.
A lot of people are at the neck of the institution, for being insensitive to the plight of these new doctors by requesting for Naira 20,000.
I believe the institution is a private enterprise, not funded directly by government, so it is basically the prerogative of the management to set rules as they deem fit. If this rules and regulations are way above or below your standard, then I suggest you source for an alternative.
This is what life is all about!!!