Doctors to decide on strike



The two-week long strike by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) will today, move to the third stage which would see the doctors resigning en masse if government fails to address their grievances.

The doctors will, in that regard, hold a General Assembly meeting today to decide whether to implement their final stage or yield to calls by various groups to go back to work, while negotiations on their conditions of service continue.

The GMA had for the past two weeks, embarked on a nationwide strike to demand from government, a well-documented and signed conditions of service.

The doctors withdrew their services at the Out-Patients Departments (OPDs) in all public hospitals across the nation during the first week of their strike.

The second week was a combination of the withdrawal of both OPD and Emergency Services, and today, marks the final stage of the road map-resigning.

The two-week strike led to the closure of OPDs and Emergency Wards at some of the public hospitals, leaving patients to their fate to seek medical care at quasi government and private hospitals.

The strike has also over-stretched and overwhelmed facilities and staff of the 37 Military and Police hospitals.

Negotiations on the conditions of service for the doctors are still on-going and government has made several calls and appeals to the striking doctors to resume work, describing the strike as illegal.

By Linda Aryeetey

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