Medical doctors in
given the government a one-week ultimatum to address conditions of service
concerns of its members, otherwise, members of the Ghana Medical
Association (GMA) will withdraw services from Monday, November 18, 2019.
“A one-week window is
hereby offered Government (MoH) that is, if by 1800 hours GMT on 17th November
2019, the Conditions of Service Document for Medical Doctors/Dentists working
with the Ministry of Health and its agencies have not been signed off for implementation
effective 1st January 2020,” national President of the Association Dr Frank
Akobea noted at the association’s 61 annual conference in Northern Region
A communique read by the
National President of GMA, Dr Frank Akobea, said the government has refused to
honour its pledge as agreed on the Document signed in September 2015.
He said even though the
implementation date of the Document was supposed to have started from 1st
January 2016 through to December 31, 2018, that was not done.
He added that before the
expiration of the agreement, GMA engaged government with the view to renewing
the said document to no avail.
Dr Akobea said from November
18, 2019 to 1st December 2019 all Medical Doctors and Dentists working in the
public sector will withdraw Outpatient Department (OPD) services.
On December 2, all emergency
services shall be withdrawn, he said, adding “from Monday, December 9, all
services shall be totally withdrawn.”