General News of Thursday, 11 April 2013
Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has bemoaned what it describes as the inhumane treatment being meted out to them by government with the excuse that they fall under essential services.
“You don’t push us to the wall to the point that we can’t breathe and when we shout, you say that we are essential services so we cannot shout. That is wrong!” the General Secretary of the GMA, Dr. Frank Serebuor said in an interview on Eyewitness News.
The Ghana Federation of Labour has, in a statement, indicated that doctors, whose services fall under essential services in Ghana, have no right to embark on an industrial action according to the labour laws of the country.
Government also, on Wednesday, described the ongoing strike by the doctors as illegal adding that the reasons given by the GMA for withdrawing their services were not tenable.
Dr. Serebuor has however responded to criticisms saying: “You just can’t rule us as essential services and treat us unessential. You can’t label us essential services and we don’t have conditions of service.”
He urged government to stop paying lip services to doctors in the country by “referring to us as essential services…If you think that our services are essential; then make provisions to ensure that our services are respected.