[Audio]: Doctors’ strike: KATH turns away patients

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi in the Ashanti region has started turning away patients, Ultimate News Isaac Bediako Justice has reported.

It follows the nationwide strike by members of the Ghana Medical Association.

The doctors have deserted the hospitals over government’s refusal to agree on their service conditions. They are threatening to resign en masse in the coming days, if their concerns are not immediately addressed.

But President John Mahama has said his government will not kowtow to the dictates of the physicians.

Bediako who has been monitoring developments at KATH reports the situation is degenerating.

Nurses at the facility told him they cannot function without the doctors.

“The doctors are not working so we can’t admit them even if the case is serious, there is nothing we can do. The only option is to ask them to go home and resort to other means of treatment,” one of the nurses noted.