THE ROLE OF MANAGEMENT EDUCATION IN BUILDING THE MANAGEMENT CAPACITY OF MEDICAL DIRECTORS OF HOSPITALS IN NIGERIA AS LINE CHIEF EXECUTIVES

Antigha Okon Bassey

Abstract


The paper explains the leadership of public hospitals in Nigeria which rests in the hands of Medical Doctors who are line personnel without adequate management education and training required to foster efficiency of hospital organisation. A table of selected public hospitals in South-South Nigeria is presented to empirically substantiate the position of the authors. The paper also reveals management attitudes of line chief executive as a source of industrial distrust which breeds industrial disharmony. Avenues for management training were also enumerated to guide Line Chief Executive to acquire core-competence in management. The paper recommended Nigerian Institute of Management, a regulatory body to champion inclusion of management in the professional training of medical doctors and other professionals like engineers. The paper strongly maintained that the adoption of Hospital Governors as in Britain who are professional managers in terms of amending the enabling laws establishing hospital to change them from line chief executive (Doctors) to specialised health administrators as heads, will solve the problem of administrative inefficiency and wastage in Nigerian public health institutions.


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