Attempts by the government to get striking doctors to return to the consulting rooms by playing to the crowd will not work, Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr. Justice Yankson has said.
According to him, until the government gives them a negotiated signed documents spelling out their conditions of service, the GMA will continue with the withdrawal of their services to the Out Patients Departments of all public hospital as well as Emergency situations.
“The government is playing to the crowd but we are not going to the play to that card. We are not children for us to fall to those tricks. We issued notice to the government about our conditions of service not just yesterday or today. By almost ten years, we have been informing them. Apart from that, on November 9, 2014, we served the government notice by giving it about seven months to solve the matter but they didn’t mind us,” he said on Kasapa FM’s
“Not even acknowledging receipt of the notice that we served them. So, what prevented them from negotiating with us? What they are doing are all tricks but they will not move us,” he added.
Contrary to reports that the striking doctors have rejected a proposal submitted to them during the weekend, Dr. Yankson stated that the GMA has never received any proposal from the government and dared those making such allegation to show documentary proof to buttress their claim.
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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