Wrong approach Doctors went too far with resignation threat – Ben Ephson

The Ghana Medical Association declared strike action last Thursday after their negotiations with government hit a deadlock.

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Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch Newspaper, Ben Ephson play

Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch Newspaper, Ben Ephson

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Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch Newspaper, Ben Ephson, has described the threat by striking public sector doctors to resign as a wrong approach.

According to Mr. Ephson, although the doctors have a legitimate case in demanding for a good condition of service, they went too far with their en bloc resignation threat.

“Why don’t the doctors go ahead and resign now, but say they are first discharging patients and will later resign. I agree they have been shot-changed by the government but I think they went too far with that threat,” he said on Kasapa FM’s Anopa Kasapa.

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Mr. Ephson also criticized the government for not responding to the demands of the doctors despite the ample time given by the doctors.

“Government could have met the doctors half way when they started putting out warning signs, but it slept on the matter and waited for the current situation to happen. I blame the government for all that is happening now, this is unfortunate”.

The Ghana Medical Association declared strike action last Thursday.

The move follows the inability of government to resolve their grievances over their working conditions. A meeting between government and the leadership of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) Wednesday ended in a deadlock.

They have threatened to resign en bloc if government delays in reaching a definitive conclusion with them over their demands.

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