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Negotiations Ghanaian doctors finally sign codified conditions of service

This implies from January next year, doctors working in public hospitals across the country will enjoy their first ever documented conditions of service.

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Government has finally concluded a codified conditions of service for Ghanaian doctors, following four months of negotiations between the two bodies.

This implies from January next year, doctors working in public hospitals across the country will enjoy their first ever documented conditions of service since the Ghana Health Service was formed in 1996.

RELATED: Government deny claims GMA conditions of service have stalled

Negotiations between the two bodies resumed last month following appeals from various bodies including the National Peace Council, the National House of Chiefs, the clergy, and the media who worked behind the scenes to convince the doctors to return to work after a three-months strike action.

The GMA embarked on a strike on July 29, 2015 by withdrawing all Out-Patient Department (OPD) care to back their demand for conditions of service from the government.

The doctors moved the strike a step further by refusing to attend to emergency cases from August 7, 2015 when the government was unable to met their demand.

On August 14, the GMA met and resolved to continue the strike for two more weeks, instead of the doctors resigning en bloc, as they had earlier threatened to do.

However, a release by the association called on all members to resume work on August 24, while they awaited further information from their leaders.

The GMA said it took that decision after it had met and deliberated extensively on the ongoing industrial action and discussed all developments, including the dedication of its members to fight for a negotiated and signed conditions of service document.

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