The Federal Competiton and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has endorsed the decision of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria to suspend, indefinitely, a Lagos based surgeon, Dr Anuoluwapo Adepoju, over issues bordering on unethical practices.
The surgeon allegedly operated on a patient in Lagos in December 2018, a development that did not pan out well, as it eventually led to the death of the patient.
The Head, Public Relations, FCCPC, Ondaje Ijagwu, said in a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday that the suspension would persist pending full disposition of disciplinary proceedings.
He said, “The Federal Competiton and Consumer Protection Commission welcomes the Medical and Dental Council’s decision to impose interim measures suspending Dr. Anuoluwapo Adepoju indefinitely from practicing medicine pending full and final disposition of disciplinary proceedings.
“Every action whether interim or final that prevents the risk of injury to patients/consumers and or mitigates the pain and suffering of citizens on account of injury by manufacturers or service providers is an important component of a larger effort to protect citizens.”
It added, “The commission finds all such actions or measures commendable. This outcome, interim as it were, validates and reinforces the proprietary of joint or dual regulatory engagement as the commission always advocates. The initiation of robust consumer protection regulatory intervention in the case has catalysed other relevant and appropriate action.”