Members of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) have been directed to lay down their tools following a National Executive Council meeting of the GMA in the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi on Saturday April 6, 2013.
The Ghana Medical Association has declared, it will not attend to out-patient cases at government hospitals effective Monday, April 8, 2013.
According to the doctors they will only attend to emergencies and patients who are already on admission. This phase of the strike will continue until Sunday April 14.
Furthermore, the GMA said if their grievances are still unattended to by that time, they will activate the second phase of the strike by turning away all emergency cases from Monday April 15 until their grievances are resolved.
The leadership of the GMA has therefore informed all its members across the country to comply with the strike.
The declaration of the strike follows the insistence of the Association not to abide by a ruling upheld by the National Labour Commission (NLC) on Friday April 5, 2013 concerning the payment schedule for the Doctors salary arrears.
The doctors had resorted to the NLC seeking to overturn an earlier payment scheduled instituted by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission.