Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah has slammed the Ghana Medical Association for declaring an indefinite strike over conditions of service, adding they should have chosen football if they wanted money.
Doctors in the public sector laid down their tools two weeks ago and have vowed to resign en masse Friday, August 14, if government fails to yield to their demands.
President Mahama on Wednesday described the strike as “absolutely illegal” adding government would not be forced to kowtow to the “outrageous demands” of the doctors.
A leaked document outlining the official demands of members of the GMA shows that the Association wants among other things clothing and fuel allowances and on-call duty allowance.
Several appeals by the government officials including the President for the doctors to return to work has proved futile.
The employment minister Haruna Iddrisu has also served notice that all striking doctors would lose their salaries for the months they remain on strike.
Speaking on Morning Starr Thursday, the former Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces said the doctors are choosing money over their profession which is an essential service.
“These professions are a calling, when I joined the army to die to save Ghana it wasn’t because of the money…so when you want to be a doctor you must survive but money shouldn’t be sole [reason] of you being a doctor otherwise you go and play football, you go to China and join Asamoah Gyan and make money,” the head of human security told Kafui Dey on Starr 103.5FM.