Dr. Anuoluwapo Adepoju of Med Contour Services Limited

FCCPC backs MDCN’s indefinite suspension of Dr. Anuoluwapo Adepoju over failed surgery

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Nigeria’s Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has said it welcomed the decision of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria’s (MDCN) to suspend cosmetic surgeon (Dr.) Anuoluwapo Adepoju of Med Contour Services Limited, indefinitely from practising medicine in the country, pending the full and final disposition of disciplinary proceedings.

Mr. Ondaje Ijagwu, Head of Public Relations of the Commission who disclosed this in a statement Tuesday, November 24, 2020, in Abuja, FCT, made available to ConsumerConnect said, “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.”

The statement noted that the FCCPC finds all such actions or measures commendable.

According to the regulatory agency, 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 in this regard, stated Ijagwu.

The regulator, therefore, commends and appreciates “the stellar and robust work, as well as timely disposition in resolving this case in a manner that respects and protects the rights of the service provider, specific citizens who have become otherwise dissatisfied with the services they received, and the public at large.”

According to FCCPC Head of Public Relations, it is a demonstration that the system works and can endure, as well as inure to the benefit of society.

“Whether patient care or good manufacturing, ultimately, the highest responsibility is to consumers.

“We as regulators must hold producers and providers accountable to that obligation,” said he.

Recall the Commission had initiated the prosecution of Dr. Adepoju, a cosmetic surgeon at Med-Contour, July 2020 at the Federal High Court, in Lagos, over her alleged evasion from an investigation into a failed plastic surgery.

She was charged alongside her clinic, Med Contour Services Limited, on a five-count charge bordering on her refusal to honour an invitation and produce documents to assist investigation into the matter.

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