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Expert opinion Doctors deserve their conditions of service - HR lecturer

Government officials and some Ghanaians have criticised the demands the Ghana Medical Association is making as better conditions of service. 

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Human Resource lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Amponsah- Tawiah  is urging Ghanaians not to concentrate on the quantity and monetary values  of what the doctors  are demanding as condition of service.

In an exclusive interview with pulse.com.gh, the labour expert  said “ That is not the point. The point is these doctors deserve their conditions of service. Its not about the quantities.”

Government officials and some Ghanaians have criticised the demands the Ghana Medical Association is making as better conditions of service.  A leaked document outlining the official demands of members of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) shows that the Association wants among other things,  clothing and fuel allowances as high as 100 gallons a month for the highest ranked doctors , to 20 gallons for the lowest ranked.

Dr. Amponsah- Tawiah also  labelled comments by the President in relation to the Ghana Medical Association’s  one- week strike over better conditions of service.

Dr. Amponsah- Tawiah said modern negotiations are  not done in an adversarial manner.    “Government must strive for a win- win situation.  The president’s posture must be to explain the economic situation to the doctors, and not to address it in the manner in which he did”

The labor expert also bemoaned the forum through which the president decided to address the situation.  The president declared government’s unwillingness  to grant the demands of the doctors when he was addressing a gathering at the National Association of midwives  on Wednesday.

When asked about the president’s comments, the Labour expert said “ the president was being frank when he said the demands are untenable. I would not have taken that posture though.  Negotiations are not done with emotions. In negotiations,  When emotions go through the door, reasoning goes through the window.”

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