Striking doctors to reject emergency cases; GMA sued

No emergency cases from August 7
Doctors at public health institutions will no longer attend to emergency cases from today, August 7, 2015 as they trigger phase two of their strike which enters week two.

The agitated members of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) are demanding better conditions of service and have served notice they will resign en bloc next week if government refuses to heed their demands.

They have ceased seeing to Outpatient Department cases.

Three people have died at the Korlebu Teaching Hospital as a result of the strike. Although the government has described the strike as illegal and a “coercive tool” being used to make a case, the doctors say they are sticking to their guns since officials have decided to leak their proposals to ridicule them.

The situation is putting a lot of pressure on the 37 Military and Police Hospitals who have decided to have makeshift wards to see to the increasing number of cases.

Meanwhile, a citizen and a member of the United Front Party Listowell Kusi-Poku has sued the doctors over their strike.

He is praying the court to put an injunction on the strike and future strikes since doctors provide essential services.

The GMA has said it is ready to defend itself in court.

Source: Ghana/starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

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