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Stop globetrotting and listen to GMA - Minority tells Akufo-Addo

By Wendy Amarteifio
Medical doctors in Ghana
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The Minority in Parliament has called on President Akufo-Addo to stop travelling around the world and address the concerns of the Ghana Medical Association, (GMA) to avoid needless deaths.

The GMA has given government up to next week Monday to review their expired conditions of service agreement entered into under the Mahama administration or see doctors across the country withdraw their services.

According to the GMA, they will begin by withdrawing services for Out-Patient Departments and subsequently withdraw all services if their demands are not met.

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Speaking to Starr FM, today the minority spokesperson on Health, Kwabena Minta Akandor said government will be held responsible for any deaths arising from the strike.

“As a matter of urgency, I believe that the President should stop globetrotting and listen to the medical doctors, these are the fundamental issues bothering Ghanaians. You cannot pretend that you have not heard your medical doctors speak and be travelling from country to country…if they decide to strike for an hour, we will begin to lose souls.”

''They (government) is very much interested in the unnecessary things more than the necessary…if it is not going for loans for their own campaigns and it is about the real job of the country, they are not interested.”

Mr Akandor also asked for the government to devote funds in completing all abandoned health facilities started by the Mahama administration and operationalize them as well ahead of the budget presentation tomorrow.

However, the Fair Wages and Salary Commission, FWSC yesterday stated that they believe ongoing negotiations will avert the intended strike of the Ghana Medical Association.

According to the commission, negotiations began four weeks ago and they are working to settle the medical officers.

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The President of the Ghana Medical Association Frank Ankobea in response to FWSC said if the documents are signed there will be no strike by the GMA.