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Gov’t, GMA in crunch meeting to avert full scale strike by Doctors

Health Minister Sherry Ayittey as well as the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Nii Amah Ashittey are in a crunch meeting with striking public doctors today, Sunday April 21, 2013 toward convincing them against withdrawing emergency services from Monday as they have threatened.

The meeting, which will include some labour union executives, is aimed at ending the 15-day Doctors’ strike.

XYZ NEWS understands the Health Minister is confident the medical doctors’ will rescind their decision after the meeting.

The National Executive Council of the Ghana Medical Association yesterday directed its members to withdraw all emergency services starting tomorrow.

A statement signed by the General Secretary, Dr Frank Serebour said all doctors should attend to only in-patients but not emergencies or new out-patients.

The statement added that the strike has become necessary because the issues regarding conversion difference and reduced pensions have not been resolved.

The Doctors had wanted to intensify the strike last week but gave the Government another week to resolve their concerns which include payment of their market premium arrears and the correction of anomalies in their pension contributions.


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