PHYSICIAN CONDUCT OUTSIDE PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE IN NIGERIA: A JURISPRUDENTIAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE ETHICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL UNDERPINNINGS AND DIMENSIONS

Citation:
Oduniyi, O, Adegbite O, Olusegun O.  2018.  PHYSICIAN CONDUCT OUTSIDE PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE IN NIGERIA: A JURISPRUDENTIAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE ETHICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL UNDERPINNINGS AND DIMENSIONS, 2018/10/10.

Abstract:

The class of wrongs targeted as the general misconduct of a Physician in Nigeria does not include the physician’s extra-professional conducts. The current understanding is that such conducts are strictly outside the purview of the law and are essentially matters connected to the private life of the physician. Recent developments however show that such conducts have since come under the legal microscope in other jurisdictions, with a view to regulating them.This Paper therefore seek to fill the gap in the Nigerian legal landscape, by engaging the major issues surrounding this class of conducts particularly from an ethical and philosophical understanding of the problem. This Paper opines that there exists an intrinsic relationship between the physician’s extra-professional conducts and his/her eventual performance at work based on the influence the former has on the latter. While recognizing the inherent shortcomings of the present framework, this Paper seeks to leverage on ongoing global interventions on this issue, with a view to bringing in current trends in other jurisdictions to provoke a second look at this class of conducts in Nigeria.

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