You are Ghanaians not from Mars; go back to the negotiating table – Ade Coker tells doctors

Ade Coker

Ade Coker

The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joseph Ade Coker has called on the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) to call off its strike to avert any lost of lives.

According to him, discussing the issues in the media could inflame passions and undermine the efforts being reached by government to get their grievances addressed.

Doctors are on strike in protest over unpaid allowances and market premiums.

The doctors are only attending emergency cases and have vowed not to return to work until their concerns are addressed.

Already government health facilities across the country have been gravely affected by the industrial action as patients are turned away.

Expressing worry about the impact the strike could have on patients, Ade Coker on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen progamme Monday said going on strike just for allowances and market premiums is very unfortunate.

He noted that the doctors are not justified in their action because despite the strike their salaries will be paid at the end of the month.

“You (doctors) are Ghanaians not from Mars. [Do] the doctors on strike have different blood from those not on strike? Because of allowances and market premiums, people should die?” he quizzed.

The NDC Greater Accra Chairman indicated that the pointless strike action will only affect helpless patients who urgently needed their services.

“You should not go on strike because of allowances; let sober heads reflect and go back to the negotiating table”.

He said government is working assiduously to ensure the incessant labour agitation does not recur in future.

Ade Coker urged the striking doctors to rescind their decision and resume work while their leadership continues with negotiations.