Pharmacists fail to meet on strike

The meeting of the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA), which was expected to take place yesterday, to decide on the association’s next line of action, could not come on.

Mr. Raymond Tetteh, an Executive Member, told The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, that the meeting was cancelled since all members had agreed to wait for a communiqué from the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health in the next couple of days, to inform them of the next line of action.

“We are hoping for the best results and believe that our concerns on the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP), which are long overdue will be addressed in no time”, he said.

Pharmacists working in government hospitals across the country, on Tuesday rescinded their decision to withdraw services from the public health facilities, the next stage of their partial strike.

They had in the past week, withdrawn extra services such as out-patient duties, night duties, weekend and holiday services, and threatened a total strike if their concerns were not addressed.

It is recalled that negotiations on the arbitration of the policy began four years ago with government, through the National Labour Commission, over the implementation of the SSPP, after which government formed a Cabinet sub-Committee to have a new look at the policy.

Last year, the then Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani, directed the Finance Ministry to develop a strategy to resolve the problem.

The GHOSPA went to the National Labour Commission for an arbitration on their salaries, but the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission is yet to implement the decisions.

By Linda Aryeetey   

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