Work at the Cardiothoracic Centre in Accra has started in earnest as many patients throng its Out Patient Department to seek for treatment two days after doctors called off their partial strike.
Fresh cases are being attended to clear the back log of cases as a result of the strike to show solidarity with the Founder and honourary director of the centre, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, who was relieved from his administrative services.
Dr Frank Edwin, spokesperson for the doctors, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that they rescinded their decision after government assured them of their autonomy after bouts of negotiations.
He said the autonomy of the heart menders is the driving force for the efficient running of the centre and that they are pleased with that assurance adding, the expansion and relocation of the centre were also discussed.
Some patients the GNA spoke to, expressed joy that work at the centre have be brought to normalcy and thanked the President and the doctors for putting an end to the partial strike.
The Cardiothoracic Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital last Monday said it was not seeing new patients anymore from Monday “till further notice.
The doctors at the renowned centre embarked on a hushed ‘strike’ to protest the revocation of the appointment of the ‘founder’ of the heart centre, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, who has confirmed his removal from office last week.
Professor Frimpong-Boateng’s appointment was revoked by the Ministry of Health on the grounds that he had sought transfer from the Ministry of Health to the University of Ghana Medical School in the year 2000.
While unwilling to speak to the public on the issue, the doctors placed a notice of the strike, refusing to go back to work until Professor Frimpong- Boateng was reinstated.
Among other things, the doctors demanded that the Centre should be run as an autonomous body.
And in the interaction with the President, the doctors called for the maintenance of structures and tradition that have kept the Centre running since its inception.
President Mills acknowledged the invaluable contribution of the centre to quality health delivery, and asked the authorities and the doctors to reach an amicable solution so that the reputed quality service will not be negatively affected.
The meeting followed a surprise visit to the centre by President Mills yesterday to appeal to the striking doctors and workers to resume work as Government addresses their concerns.
He also requested the Hospital authorities to allow doctors at the centre to make inputs into decision that affect the running of the centre.
President Mills said their concerns will be considered, and assured them that the necessary recognition to the renowned heart surgeon will be given, in addition to distinguished medical personnel who have served the nation in other areas.
The doctors commended President Mills for the swift response to the crisis.