Ghana: Doctors Call-off Strike

The strike action embarked upon since the 8th of October 2011 by the Ghana Medical Association have been called off.

A statement released Wednesday by the President of The Association, Dr. Adom Winful, said the National Executive Council of the Ghana Medical Association decided to call off the nationwide withdrawal of services embarked on by its members following an emergency meeting.

Dr. Frank Siribuor, Assistant General Secretary of the GMA confirmed the decision in an interview with Nana Bobie Ansah, host of Asempa FM’s political talk program Ekosii Sen.

According to him, the decision was informed by the countless appeals by well meaning groups including the Ghana Peace Council, Christian and Muslim groups, civil society groups across the country.

He added that it was not worth it continuing with the strike considering the many appeals, urging all doctors to return to duty as leaders continue negotiations with the Fair Wages and Salary Commission.

He said they also had to return to duty to demystify the notion that they are mass murderers.

Whilst returning to work, he was hopeful their grievances would be met.

Dr. Siribuor however lamented what he said were unjustified criticisms against them.

Critics most of whom were government spokesperson, condemned the strike by the doctors with some calling the leaders of the GMA as mass murderers.

Dr Siribuor said those criticism were misplaced.

He also confirmed that the GMA met president John mills on Sunday over the same matter.

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