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GHOSPA Strike Dispense drugs to patients – MoH orders hospitals

GHOSPA declared an indefinite strike in protest over what they call the failure of the National Labour Commission (NLC) and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to address discrepancies in their market premium payment.

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The Ministry of Health (MoH) is asking managers of government hospitals to dispense drugs to patients despite an indefinite strike action by the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA).

The health ministry in a press statement said, "The Ministry of Health (MoH) has directed all heads of health institutions and agencies to ensure that there is continuous dispensing of medications at all health facilities as the Ghana Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) continues its strike."

It added: “Patients on admission and out-patients should be having complete supply of medication, and pharmacies should remain open for non-striking staff to handle under the supervision of the heads of the institutions."

GHOSPA has declared an indefinite strike in protest over what they call the failure of the National Labour Commission (NLC) and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to address discrepancies in their market premium payment.

-Illegal strike-

The National Labour Commission (NLC) says GHOSPA's strike is illegal and has dragged the group to the Labour Division of the High Court in a bid to compel the group to call off its strike.

The NLC argues that the strike action is not in the interest of the ordinary Ghanaian.

“We have filed a motion at the High Court, Labour Division, to get a court order to get them to resume work immediately… Even though every worker is justified in pressuring the employer for better conditions of service and higher remuneration, they should also take note that they have a responsibility to ensure that people do not die needless deaths,” the Executive Secretary of the NLC, Charles Adongo Bawa Duah told Accra-based Citi FM.

The NLC suit against GHOSPA follows a similar suit which compelled striking biomedical laboratory scientists to call off its two-week nationwide industrial action

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