No money will be spent outside budget – Mahama tells striking doctors

President John Dramani Mahama has appealed to striking doctors to call off their strike and return to work.

Addressing members of the Ghana Registered Midwives Association at the launch of their 80th anniversary in Accra, President Mahama stated that he will not sanction any expenditure for public sector workers not captured in the budget regardless of the political implications.

According to President Mahama, conceding to the demands of the Ghana Medical Association will derail the efforts being put in place to achieve fiscal discipline.

“Any agreement that is reached in respect of allowances or conditions of services would have to be appropriately captured in the budget…and I want to say for emphasis I will not authorize any expenditure on wages and compensation not provided for in the budget.

He added “fiscal discipline requires that not a single pesewa is spent on remuneration outside what has been budgeted for and this goes for both Article 71 Office holders and those on the single spine…I am determined to hold the line no matter the political cost”.

Members of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) have abandoned the Outpatient Departments in public hospitals and will stop seeing to emergency cases from August 13 due to what they describe as government’s inability to resolve their grievances over their working conditions.

An official document outlining the proposal for negotiations with government, senior doctors are demanding 100 gallons of fuel a month, vehicle tax exemptions or waiver for doctors and clothing allowances among others.