Doctors demand written commitment from gov’t before calling off strike

Doctors demand written commitment from gov't before calling off strike

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has indicated that it is waiting for the written commitment of government before the striking doctors will resume work fully.

The commitment letter, according to them (doctors), should instruct the Controller and Accountant General to restore the payment of conversion difference and refund to them the arrears with a payment schedule.

A statement jointly issued by the President, Dr Kwabena Opoku Adusei and the General Secretary Dr Frank Serebour noted that the doctors were neither demanding for immediate payment nor one lump payment of the conversion difference.

“The GMA will like to state emphatically that we jealously guard the salaries and pensions of doctors in the public sector,” it said.

The statement noted that any delay in resolution of the issue and subsequent resumption of work by doctors should be laid at the doorstep of government, adding, that the restoration of the conversion difference would automatically correct the reduced pensions.

The GMA expressed its willingness to call of the strike in totality and resume work fully if the government grants their request of a written commitment.