Medical doctors operating in Ghana’s public hospitals announced a nationwide strike on Thursday calling for better conditions of service. They are also threatening a mass resignation if the issues are not resolved by government amicably after a week.
The Ghana Medical Association explained that the doctors will start withdrawing their services from the Out-Patient Department for a week to press for the finalisation of the conditions of service. “As we speak now, the GMA is on strike. We can now go home and sleep and declare ourselves unemployed,” GMA General Secretary Frank Serebuor told the media.
According to the GMA, doctors had worked in Ghana over the years without a single document that described their conditions of service.
They therefore embarked on negotiations with government to rectify the situation with a June 28 deadline which was extended to July 28.
The GMA is also demanding 90 gallons of fuel for PMO Specialists in a month; 100 gallons of fuel for Senior Specialist consultants in a month and an across the board monthly clothing allowance, and 30 percent of basic salary.