Doctors Strike: Mahama must show real leadership – Sir John

General News of Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Source: citifmonline

Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie Npp

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie has charged President John Mahama to demonstrate leadership and effectively tackle the upsurge of strikes by labour unions in the country.

According to him, the Mahama government has so far, lost all credibility.

The party in a earlier statement pleaded with striking Doctors to reconsider their decision to withdraw the provision of emergency services to patients as the next phase of their current strike.

Doctors on Monday declared a nationwide strike due to the failure of government to resolve matters regarding the payment of their market premium arrears for the year 2012.

Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie also known as Sir John, in an interview on Eyewitness News on Tuesday noted that the refusal of the doctors to reconsider their decision to strike was because the nation’s labour institutions had failed to negotiate the payment terms of the market premium.

According to him, the Ministers who were negotiation with the doctors during the Mills-Mahama administration were “sometimes insulting and these have all not helped…all the promises they had given regarding the solution, had also not materialized.”

The NPP General Secretary has thus called on President Mahama to take drastic and urgent measures to restore trust in the institutions saying, “today if you heard the doctors, they don’t trust the leadership. Even when they asked them to appear and attend meetings, they said they won’t go because they don’t trust them so it’s a question of trust.”

It now behoves on the President to show leadership by calling on them [Doctors] like they did in the Teachers case, to ensure that a solution is found.”

Mr. Afriyie further suggested that government should show “real leadership by getting the doctors round the table and sitting them down, looking eyeball to eyeball, and for them to be assured that this time the government means business and that whatever the issues are, it will be resolved.”