Doctors’ Strike: Government Will Weather The Storm -Haruna Iddrisu

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Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu, has said that government would rise from the ashes in spite of the continued strike by medical doctors.
He said, “We have a shared and a collective responsibility together with the doctors, to preserve human lives” and government will do exactly that.

He was speaking on Joy FM and MultiTV’s news analysis programme, Newsfile, Saturday on the crippling strike by doctors.

The General Assembly of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), last Friday voted to remain on strike for two more weeks.

They, however, agreed not to resign en masse as threatened by their leadership two weeks ago over an absence of documented conditions of service.
A motion to restore emergency services was rejected by a majority of the members of the General Assembly of the GMA.

At the meeting in Accra Friday, 213 doctors voted for the status quo, while 148 voted to resume duty. That is by a margin of 65 votes, the doctors voted to continue the strike that is set to enter its third week.

Haruna Iddrisu said, government was committed to saving lives.
He said government’s negotiation team would most likely meet at 4pm Saturday to discuss government’s next line of action.

He is convinced a date will be fixed for a meeting with the doctors to get them back to work.
GMA Deputy General Secretary Dr. Justice Yankson all the doctors want is to be treated just as other essential service providers are treated.

He said it is surprising that instead of dealing with the concerns of the doctors, government is calling on retired doctors to save the situation.
Government has asked persons seeking medical health to go to specific health facilities such as the 37 Military Hospital, the Police Hospital amongst others.

Dr Yankson said doctors practising in these health facilities, unlike their counterparts in other government hospitals, enjoy better conditions of
service.

For him, it is strange that such doctors were being held up as patriotic citizens whilst the other doctors demanding conditions of service are being demonized.

He said the GMA has made several concessions and expects government to do same.

When that is done, he said, the doctors will go back to work and save lives.

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