Doctors’ deadline to end strike expires today

????????????????????????????????????The grace period given to the striking doctors to call off their strike ends today [Thursday].

Government had earlier given the public sector doctors today to call off their strike and return to work or be considered to have breached the labour laws.

The Minster of Health, Alex Segbefia at a recently press conference said:“Effective Thursday, 20th August, 2015 all members of GMA who have not reported and assumed full duty shall be considered as being on strike and in clear breach of the Labour Act.”

He also directed the management of all public health institutions to ensure that they are fully functional on Wednesday, August 19.

“Heads of facilities are also requested to monitor and provide weekly updates on which health workers are at post to my office,” he added.

Government pulled out of negotiations with the striking doctors claiming it will only re-open its doors if the strike is called off and also threatened not to pay the striking doctors.

To mitigate impact of the strike, government has announced that it secured the services of some 177 doctors from Cuba who would soon arrive in Ghana to support health care.

But the doctors say they are not threatened by the directive by government insisting that they will only return to work when government provides them with a sealed and signed codified condition of service.

A statement from the GMA signed by its President, Dr Kwabena Opoku-Adusei and General Secretary, Dr Frank Serebour directed their members to stick to the action.

The statement also questioned the rationale behind the decision to employ doctors’ from Cuba, when “these Cuban doctors are not engaged for free.”