The government has maintained that the ongoing strike by the Ghana Medical Association is illegal, unfounded and insensitive. A statement signed by the Minister of Information and Media Relations, Mahama Ayariga, also accused the doctors of peddling falsehood in the media.
“Government wishes to remind members of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) that their current strike action is illegal and their claims in the media that government is refusing to abide by the ruling of the National Labour Commission (NLC) are false.”
The statement also observed that the “distortion of facts and issues” the GMA was bringing on the table for discussions “cannot be allowed to continue especially when members of the GMA working in government hospitals have been regularly paid their salaries”.
The presidency in the statement also directed the Ministry of Health to ensure that all previously announced remedial measures are fully activated and implemented to guarantee the citizenry a right to proper medical care during the period that the doctors remain on their illegal, unfounded and insensitive strike so as to avoid the death of innocent Ghanaians even as the doctors continue to draw on their salaries.
The NHIS cardholders were also reminded to access health facilities at the various private and mission hospitals and clinics across the country.