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Conditions of service Don’t treat us like slaves – GMA tells govt

Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Juctice Yankson has stated that government has taken doctors in the country for granted by turning them into slaves instead of employees.

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Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr. Justice Yankson play

Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr. Justice Yankson

Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Juctice Yankson has stated that government has taken doctors in the country for granted by turning them into slaves instead of employees.

“Our employer should treat us as real employees and not slaves because we will just not be intimidated by any minister or any government official. We are not fighting with anyone but we are fighting for is our conditions of service and nothing more” he said on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen on Tuesday.

According to him, the striking doctors will not be intimidated by threats from government to 'sack them'.

“Intimidation and threats will not solve the issue. In fact, nobody is doing us a favour, and so the employer should also understand and heed to our call. After all, other countries around the globe are willing to work with us and we also ready to go,” he said.

READ MORE : > No doctor supported call off of strike – GMA

His comments came on the back of statements by health minister, Alex Segbefia that striking doctors’ refusal to return to work by Thursday will be considered as a violation of the Labour Act.

“Effect Thursday August 20, all members of the GMA who have not reported and assumed full duty shall be considered as being on strike and in clear breach of the Labour act.

“Heads of facilities are also requested to provide me weekly updates of which health workers are working,” the health minister said at the meet the press series in Accra.

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Members of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) have embarked on a strike to demand improvement and codification of their conditions of service.

Talks between government and the striking doctors have stalled on several occasions. While the doctors say government has not been negotiating with them in good faith, government has said it cannot negotiate under duress.

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