The government has been encouraged to improve the working conditions of its members by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA).
When this is finished, the GMA claims that it will meet the standards for their position.
Additionally, it has demanded that the government guarantee their safety and well-being both before and after they leave active duty.
Dr. Frank Serebour, President of GMA, made the call on Monday during the 65th General Meeting of the Association.
“Our pensions must be secured after we have sacrificed our bodies, minds, and souls in our service. We require adequate logistics and an enabling environment to maintain our mental and physical well-being so that we can effectively care for the population. Retirement on a full salary is not an unreasonable demand. The vehicle importation tax waiver for health workers should be reinstated immediately.”
“We should not be made to pay the ultimate price of losing our lives and homes in our quest to care for the vulnerable. Someone must care for the health worker. Our reward is not in heaven but here on planet Earth. What we are asking for is not an impossibility. We appreciate some urgency from the FWSC,” he added.
Dr. Serebour made it clear that they would not stand for any more delays in bringing about better working conditions for doctors.
We will not put up with any further delays, and we will insist that all agreements agreed upon be fully implemented by January 2024. The current terms of service remain in effect while we negotiate, therefore the GMA will insist that any part of the document that is overdue be implemented, just as they did for the non-basic allowance, Dr. Serebour continued.
The government has made strides, according to Deputy Minister of Finance Abena Osei Asare, and the FWSC will speak with the doctors shortly.
Hon Abena Osei Asare assured them of progress in working on their conditions of service “I want to assure you that we have made some progress and very soon the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission will be calling a meeting to kick-start the operationalization of your new conditions of service.”