In a bid to avert possible calamity at public hospitals, government has summoned the leadership of Ghana Medical Association to an emergency meeting as the doctors threaten to intensify their strike tomorrow.
Joy News sources have indicated Government has directed the Health Minister, Sherry Ayittey and her colleague from the Employment and Labour Relations Ministry, Nii Armah Ashittey, to step in and prevent the doctors from activating the second stage of their industrial action.
The strike which is already in day 14 has seen many public hospitals deserted as there are no doctors to attend to patients.
President Mahama last week directed the Ministers for Health, Defense and Interior to ensure patients receive emergency medical attention in the military, police and other private hospitals accredited by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), but this directive has not helped the deterioration health care situation since the doctors’ strike.
Medical doctors, nurses and pharmacists on leave were also recalled from their leave but there is no improvement.
The GMA is demanding the full payment of delayed allowance since 2012, as well as resolution of issues of the conversion difference and reduced pensions.
There are fears many lives could be lost if the doctors refuse to attend to emergency cases tomorrow.