Medical Association gives government Aug 5 ultimatum

| Updated Jul 30, 2018 at 7:48am


GMA President, Dr. Frank Ankobea with microphone


Some GMA Members soon after the news conference at Jirapa
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has given government up to August 5, 2018 to resolve all unsettled issues bothering on employment contract of doctors working with the Ministry of Health, (MOH) and its agencies.

Some of the unresolved issues are market premium, conditions of service and reduced pensions and conversion difference.

At a news conference held at the end of the 4th National Executive Council, (NEC) meeting of the GMA at Jirapa in the Upper West Region, the Association had to bare its teeth at the powers that befor “been lackadaisical”.

GBC’s Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo reports that the President of the Association, Dr. Frank Ankobea said failure of the government to settle the issues by 6pm of August 5, will compelled doctors working in the public sector to withdraw their services in various forms over a time.

The GMA President made it clear that: “Effective Monday, August 6, 2018, all doctors working in the public sector shall withdraw out-patient services. This would continue till Sunday, August 19, 2018.”

He continued that “From Monday, 20, 2018, to Sunday, 26, 2018, all emergency services shall be withdrawn.

”According to Dr. Ankobea, “From Monday, August 27, 2018, all services offered by doctors in the public health facilities shall be totally withdrawn.”

It was recalled that at the 59th Annual General Meeting in November 2017, the GMA issued a communiqué giving government up to the end of April, 2018 to resolve all issues pertaining to their grievances and extended the deadline on request but the Association’ sgesture has not been reciprocated.

In the words of Dr. Ankobea: “It is however, disheartening that despite all these extensions, government has been so lackadaisical in bringing closure to the outstanding issues.”

The GMA recommended that non-core expenditure of the National Health Insurance Authority should be suspended in view of the financial challenges it is grappling with whilst government takes steps to directly transfer the National Health Insurance Levy, (NHIL) into the NHIL account at Bank of Ghana instead of paying the levy into the consolidated account and later transferring to the NHIL account.

Story by Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo