The Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) have described as suicidal the Ministry of Health directive that allows other health professionals to work as pharmacist in the various government hospitals.
They said medicines which are meant to help cure illness can harm and endanger people’s life when administered wrongly or mishandled.
“When the expects are not there and they are replaced with unqualified personnel, then the public is in danger and anyone who took that decision wants to endanger the lives of the public,” they said.
Mr. Stephen Qorqyue, former chairman of GHOSPA, told journalist in an interview in Accra yesterday that the association had decided to take stock of all that had been happening as yesterday marked the tenth day it extended its services while today marks the day it decided to intensify its strike.
He suggested that government takes steps to resolve the matter which had travel for six years amicably, and ensure that the recommendations by the cabinet sub-committee were implemented.
He described governments posture with regards to their strike as that which was not very good, saying although we have made some little progress we think that government could have addressed issues better as pharmaceutical services were essential
He said the association would strive for the issues to be solved even though their negotiations with government was keeping long adding six years was been too long a time and therefore it had to come to an end.
He said the association has so far had two meetings with the national labour commission and hopes that its leads to a conclusive agreement to facilitate a fruitful end.
GHOSPA during last week threatened to intensify their ongoing strike within ten days if government failed to engage them and address their concerns.
Members of the association have since last two weeks Tuesday withdrawn their services indefinitely to demand from government a correct grade placement and a fair interim market premium.
The National President of GHOSPA, Pharmacist Agyeman Badu said the striking pharmacists have endured enough of the inequity and injustice from government and will no longer buy into promises.
“What we are looking for is a clear cut commitment on the part of government and a road map which would facilitate the implementation of the National Labour Commission (NLC) ruling in 2013 and cabinet’s sub-committee recommendation, which puts us on a 114 market premium,” he said.
By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey