Government has cautioned medical students and specialists at the Korle Bu teaching Hospital not to comply with the Ghana Medical Association’s (GMA) directive to implement the second Phase of their strike.
The second phase began this morning with doctors refusing to attend to emergency cases.
The GMA has said the it has intensified its strike because government has failed to fix the discrepancies in their salary structure.
Speaking to Citi News
the Minister for information and Media Relations Mahama Ayariga indicated that the general public should be assured that not all the doctors have laid their tools.
According to him, government has boosted the capacity of all private hospitals that are signed up to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
“We are continuing with the arrangement that was put in place to ensure that all private health care providers who are accredited by the National Health Insurance Authority are able to provide the levels of emergency medical care needed” he stated.
According to him, all retired doctors of the military and police hospitals, doctors who are on leave as well as nurses and pharmacists have been called to return to work.
He added “that government is taking steps to ensure that the stores and pharmacies are adequately stocked, so that they can have the capacity to deal with the emergencies when they come.”
He opined that the Korle-Bu teaching hospital is not only a hospital but an educational institution.
He noted that because it serves as a school, the personnel there are not only doctors but teachers “so they are staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES).”
“Ghana Education Service is not on strike, University teachers are not on strike, the Ghana medical school is part of the tertiary institution of this country so if you are a specialist teaching there you are not on strike” he pointed out.