Hundreds of striking doctors are converging in Accra Friday for a crucial meeting to decide whether they should carry through a threat to resign en masse or not.
Joy News’ Matilda Wemegah says some of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) members who have arrived at the ‘GMA House’ located at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital are upbeat about a positive outcome from the meeting.
Matilda says information she is picking up from some of the GMA General Assembly members suggests that negotiations between the doctors and government have been positive.
”They look hopeful of ending the strike”, she reported Friday.
A General Assembly meeting today by the union of public sector medical doctors – the Ghana Medical Association – will decide the next line of action by the agitating doctors who have left their posts in protest of an absence of improved condition of service.
The doctors have been striking for the past two weeks, withdrawing emergency services last week.
They have been following a strict roadmap that dictates that all doctors at public health facilities resign today as the final step in the process to protest government’s failure to agree on their conditions of service.
Talks between the striking doctors and government have stalled on several occasions: the doctors say government has not been negotiating with them in good faith and has blamed government negotiators of deliberating leaking confidential documents presented at the negotiating table to make them look bad.
The government on the hand has said it cannot negotiate under duress, that is while the doctors’ strike continue.
However, the situation at private, police and military hospitals remain dire as increased patient numbers and scarce facilities befuddle healthcare delivery.
Deputy General Secretary of the GMA, Justice Yankson, says he is contemplating resigning from the service but stressed it has nothing to do with the disagreement government over conditions of service.