The National House of Chiefs has added its voice to calls for dialogue in the ongoing industrial disagreement between the government and the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) with a call on the factions to resolve the impasse amicably.
“We urge all parties to reconsider their positions and resort to dialogue since lives lost as a result of the strike have serious effect on the human resource development of the country which is needed for the development of the country” a statement signed by President of National the House of Chiefs, Wulugu Naba Pugansoa Naa Prof. John S. Nabila, said.
The statement issued in Accra and copied The Ghanaian Times said the intervention of the chiefs was informed by the fact that the effect of the strike action on the populace could not be quantified in any monetary terms as lives lost could not be replaced.
The statement said: “The National House of Chiefs as “as custodians and fathers of the nation, taking cognizance of the impact of the industrial action on the ordinary Ghanaian, has taken the steps to resolve the impasse and in that regard, has held separate meetings with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and the leadership of the GMA identify the main issue at stake and to facilitate the resolution of the matter.”
It added that in the house’s discussions with the doctors it was clear that they were willing to go back to the negotiating table for an amicable solution to the deadlock and appealed to the government to provide a conducive atmosphere for the harmonious settlement of the matter.
“We urge all the parties to stop all insinuations, accusation and counter accusation, blame game and use of unprintable words and be sincere and open for the resolution of the matter.
“Dialogue needs to be exploited to resolve the problem in the spirit of win-win, as the war-war position would not help the country,” the statement said adding that both the government and the GMA might have genuine concerns.