Doctors Threaten Strike Over Government’s Failure To Implement Conditions Of Service

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There may be labour unrest in the health sector soon as Medical Doctors and Dentists have served notice that they will embark on strike if the government fails to implement their signed Conditions of Service immediately.

A Ghana Medical Association (GMA) internal memo directed all members to withdraw all services in all facilities if the government fails to meet their demands by January 29, 2020.

The internal memo, dated February 21, 2020, and jointly signed by President of GMA, Dr Frank Ankobea and General Secretary, Dr Justice Yankson said that although the implementation date for the signed Conditions of Service document was 1st January 2020 as agreed by all parties, the government had failed to meet the deadline.

“The Association has accordingly given the government up to Saturday, 29th February 2020 to ensure full implementation (including payment of all occasioned arrears) of the CoS document at both the National and facility levels. If any default on the part of Government occurs Vis-à-vis the stated deadline, there shall be an immediate withdrawal of all services by members in all facilities,” the internal memo warned.

The National Executive Committee of the Medical Association said it also observed that during the validation of February salaries, there was the absence of fuel allowance on the payslips of members; and urged members to put all discrepancies on notice for rectification.

In separate letters addressed to the Ministers for Health, and Employment and Labour Relations, the Association expressed grave concern over the development.

Both letters said the Conditions of Service document implementation has not taken place both at the National and facility levels despite numerous calls on Government to do so.

The Medical Association thus requested for the immediate facilitation of the Ministers to forestall an industrial action.

source: citinewsroom

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