I don’t want to hear declaration of strike from doctors – Asantehene charges Govt

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has laid a charge on the Akufo-Addo’s government to fully implement the conditions of service document for medical doctors.

Doctors across the country in 2015 embarked on a nationwide month long strike action to demand negotiated and signed conditions of service documents.

The doctors had threatened to resign en-block following some disparaging remarks that came from presidential staffers and some party communicators of the then ruling NDC government.

It took civil society, worker unions, the clergy and eminent traditional authorities including the Asante king, Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin to get the doctors to restore their services.

But in a speech read on his behalf by the Otumfuo Mawerehene Baffour Osei Hyiaman Bretuo at the 59th Annual and Scientific General Meeting of the GMA, Otumfuo warned government not to incur another labour action from the doctors by refusing to fully implement the conditions of service for doctors.

“I am reliably informed that doctors signed a condition of service document with government two years ago; however two years into the operation of the document, government is dragging its feet in ensuring the full implementation. In as much as I don’t want to hear a Kumasi declaration by the doctors after this conference, I am using this opportunity to call on the ministry of health and for that matter government to ensure the speedy and immediate, full implementation of the conditions of service document,” Otumfuo sternly demanded.

He also charged the ministry of health to “pay attention to the general working conditions of doctors including the hospitals and clinics in which they work.”

Speaking to Ultimate News’ Ivan Heathcote – Fumador on the sidelines of the meeting, the former President of the Ghana Medical Association DCOP Dr. Ewusi-Emmim explained that the final parts of the agreement which deals with medical care and post doctoral specialization of doctors remains to be honoured by government two years after the document was signed.

He pointed out, “The implementation is in phases and it has gotten to a point where we have to go for a review next year, but we haven’t implemented it fully. So what we are saying is that the final phase which entailed the post graduate medical education and healthcare for doctors and their dependants, should be implemented,”

This year’s theme centred on “the mental health condition in Ghana” with a call for more attention to be accorded to financing the mental health wing of the country’s health service, the setting up of more mental health hospitals and the training of more medical officers to serve the sector.

Meanwhile, there was no representation of government at the conference even though it was announced that the Ashanti regional minister Simon Osei Mensah was invited to the venue.

By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Ivan Heathcote-Fumador