Picture Above: Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Haruna Iddrisu
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and the government will head to the negotiation table today after the aggrieved doctors called off their strike last Friday.
The doctors, who ceased seeing to emergency and OPD cases for three weeks, are demanding codified conditions of service – a package they have been fighting for in decades.
Ghana’s Employment and Labour Relations Minister Haruna Iddrisu is optimistic once negotiations are reopened today, per the directive of the National Labour Commission, a deal with the GMA is likely to be clinched by the end of October.
Speaking to the media over the weekend, the former communications minister revealed the John Mahama government and the GMA had already negotiated four out of 12 of their proposed conditions of service.
He has also assured that the doctors will be paid their August salaries despite the three-week strike. The move is part of concessions government is making to the doctors.