Striking doctors to intensify their action by refusing to attend to emergency cases. The leadership of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has said they are not ready to budge to several calls including that of President John Atta Mills for them to return to the wards.
They said the major issues resulting in their withdrawal of services still remain unresolved hence staying off the hospitals would serve their “own interest. ”
“Members are entreated to step up the strike action by NOT attending to emergencies,” the GMA said on Friday.
The medical personnel have rather lashed out at the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) as an inept entity that cannot solve their demands to be migrated onto the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS).
“It is pertinent to note that the position of the FWSC held over a month ago remained unchanged,” read a statement signed by Dr Emmanuel Adom Winful and Dr Frank Serebour, president and assistant general secretary of the GMA respectively.
“The issues of distortions in the salary structure of doctors on the single spine were not resolved and the FWSC stuck to its previous proposal of a market premium that had been already rejected by the GMA. ”
“The FWSC has shown that they are not professionally capable of producing salary structure based on scientific analysis and evaluation.
“The National Executive Committee will like to inform its members to be steadfast in our decision and keep faith with the leadership of the GMA as we go through these turbulent times. Members are informed to continue with the strike action (in our own interest) until all the major issues are resolved,” the statement said.
It continued: “Whilst the FWSC and government accept the fact that doctors work for 201 additional hours per month by their own analysis, the FWSC and government have decided to pay for only 100 hours and are asking doctors to work for another 101 hours for free. ”
The GMA has been striking since last Friday over what they termed the inability of the FWSC to look into their demands. The National Labour Commission has ordered them to rescind their decision while a compulsory arbitration is carried out.
President Atta Mills during his three-day tour of Greater Accra also added his voice for the doctors to exercise restraint since the NPP government did not leave enough money to service the policy they inherited.