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Aug 13, 2015

Resign or not to resign; Doctors to decide Friday


Striking doctors have set an August 14, 2015 date to either to call off a two-week old strike or resign en masse.

The doctors have withdrawn their services in protest over the absence of a codified conditions of service.

Per a road map drawn by the General Assembly of the Ghana Medical Association, the doctors will first of all withdraw their OPD services, then emergency services before resigning en masse if government fails to resolve issues relating to the conditions of service.

OPD and emergency services have been withdrawn with dire consequences to patients across the country.

At a National Executive Council meeting held in Koforidua, Tuesday, the doctors set Friday to take a final decision on whether to resign or call off the strike.

One of the Doctors Essel Boateng told Joy News' Eastern Region correspondent Kofi Siaw only the General Assembly has the power to call off the strike or announce the mass resignation.

He said they have considered all the appeals and issues that have come in the heat of the strike and believes that a final decision will be made on Friday.

The doctors negotiating better conditions of service are accusing government of dragging its feet in signing to a codified, binding, conditions of service document.

Some government spokespersons have described the demands by the doctors as outrageous, a situation which has led to a breakdown in negotiation.

The doctors have since July 30 declared a strike to demand their conditions of service. – myjoyonline