Minister of Information, Mahama Ayariga has described the doctor’s action as ‘bad faith’ because government has done everything they (doctors) demanded for.
This reaction is in response to the doctors intensity of their strike action; withdrawing emergency services.
Speaking in an interview on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’ with Kwami Sefa-Kayi, Mahama Ayariga said if the doctors knew they wanted to still continue with the strike action and even intensify it, they shouldn’t have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
“If you knew you didn’t have confidence in the work of the technical committee, you didn’t have to sign the MoU. Nobody was standing on you and insisting that you must sign the MoU…government has put in place contingency plans to make sure that no life is needlessly lost as a result of declaration of withdrawal of emergency services. We believe it is just to impose additional hardship on Ghanaians,” he indicated.
He said the doctors have not been honest with government so far and added: “The doctors have shown bad faith because government has done everything they asked government to do; yet you go ahead and withdraw emergency services.
He reiterated government measures to curtail the effect of the strike action, adding “with all these additional measures that government is taking, we believe that these facilities will be able to take on the needed care that people will need in case of emergency…we also signed the MoU and so will continue to be committed to that process and we will continue to meet with the GMA per the time table”.
“We are disappointed and we are at a loss what the motivation is because some people just want to inflict hardship on innocent Ghanaians” he added.