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Emergency service withdrawal Ridge & Korle Bu hospitals break ranks with GMA

The second phase of the strike which is the withdrawal of emergency service has taken effect since there has been no positive feedback from government on the condition of service demands of the doctors.

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Doctors at the emergency centers at Ridge and Korle Bu teaching hospitals are working despite the clear order by the GMA to withdraw emergency services starting today.

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"We are working, everything is in other. We have casualty doctors and they are there, they are looking at the patients who come in", said Emmanuel Ameyaw Ponya, administrator of accident centre at the Korle Bu teaching hospital.

The second phase of the strike which is the withdrawal of emergency service has taken effect since there has been no positive feedback from government on the condition of service demands of the doctors.

READ MORE : Doctor's nationwide strike: Korle Bu closes down OPD

After a meeting with the parliamentary select committee on health today, the deputy general secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson told journalists they remain resolute in their action.

"There is nothing like going back to work for now, we have to deal with the issues. We gave a roadmap out as far back as last week just look at that roadmap and present the details as you see it." he said.

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Per the doctors' roadmap no doctor should be at the emergency centers working from August 07, 2015.

But a visit by Pulse.com.gh to two major hospitals in the capital showed that doctors were still attending to emergency cases.

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At the Korle Bu accident centre, there were just a handful of patients, but Mr. Ameyaw Ponya attributed this to speculations that doctors have withdrawn emergency service.

"We don't get enough attendance as it used to be. They think when they come we won't look at them. So some might be going to private hospitals or the police and 37 military hospitals but actually we are working", he said.

Responding to a question on what the department will do should the doctors withdraw emergency services in the coming days, Mr. Ameyaw Ponya said "I am not sure what will happen, but in case it happens, we will know what to do at least to make our place function and not to victimize any patient.

"I am hoping it doesn't happen, but if it happens, I hope there will be a measure to curb it”, he added

At the Ridge Hospital, doctors were seen busily attending to patients in the Obstetric and gynaecology department. The OPD looked almost empty. But a source at the hospital told Pulse.com.gh "here, we are seeing emergencies. We cannot allow people to die on our hands. Surgical emergency, medical emergency, Obstetric and gynaecology are working.

"Excerpt the OPD, because people are not coming, they know that doctors are on strike but those who come we see them" the source added.

Government has been very clear; it cannot absorb the demands of the doctors in the 2014/2015 budget, but the GMA which is bent on not changing its stance wants their demands to be met in the 2015/2016 budget.

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