The Chairman of the Finance Committee in Parliament, James Avedzi has cautioned that under the current national budge, the proposed conditions of service by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) will simply cripple government’s ability to build the needed infrastructure.
He said vital facilities such as roads, hospitals, potable water, and schools would be lacking.
“Our development will stall,” he indicated in an interview yesterday.
Mr. Avedzi explained that alternatively, Ghanaians would have to pay higher taxes to be able to cater for the demands of the striking doctors.
“Then the alternative is that we accept the position of the doctors and we give more money to the government to meet what the doctors are asking you, that is paying more taxes,” he noted.
He argued that the demands for better conditions of service by the doctors should not be seen as one directed at government but rather on the poor taxpayer.
The strike by GMA, which began nearly a fortnight ago, would be reviewed today at the Eastern regional capital, Koforidua, when the General Council of the association meets.
The doctors would decide whether to rescind their decision to resign en masse or go back to their consulting rooms.
The Finance Committee Chair hinted that the new conditions of service demanded by the GMA would cost government about GH¢200,000 million annually.
“Where will the President get the money from?” he wondered. -myjoyonline