President of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Frank Ankobeah, has asked the government to meet and dialogue with the striking members of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) in order to address their issues.
According to him, the decision to strike will have several consequences on the health sector in the country therefore all efforts must be put in place to deal with the issues.
The members of the GAMLS are expected to withdraw all laboratory services including blood banking services effective today, Monday, 28 May 2018.
This, according to the Association, is a strategy to have their challenges acknowledged by medical superintendents and directors, to ensure that citizen benefit from an effective health care system.
In a statement, the Association said the action ensures that work-to-rule was deployed on humanitarian grounds and to also prevent the loss of lives due to prolonged emergency provision services.
“Ensuring that work-to-rule was deployed on humanitarian grounds with the hope that authorities will take us seriously and come to the table and allow them to give us concrete steps towards resolving our issues.”
“Prolonging activities including the provision of emergency services before complete withdrawal to ensure no lives were lost unnecessarily while ensuring our issues are attended to. However, instead of the medical superintendents and directors (who are supposed to be team leaders of the health systems) to call on the appropriate authorities to attend to our concerns, some of them rather chose to intimidate some of our members to the extent of threatening their lives; of which some reports have been made to the police.”
“In order to avoid further confrontations, all laboratory services are hereby withdrawn with effect from Monday, 28th may, 2018. These include blood banking, surveys, surveillance and monthly returns into DHIMS 2 among others”.
The association has also accused medical superintendents and directors of disrespecting their profession by employing unlicensed personnel to take their place in their absence and by so doing, endangering the general public.
According to the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists over 90 percent of laboratory processes in public health facilities in Ghana are not controlled, and this threatens the quality or accuracy of lab results churned out.
The association blames this mainly on the lack of supervision and quality control.
Last week Monday Laboratory Technicians embarked on partial withdrawal of their services across the country.
The action was in protest of salary discrepancies that had existed for six years after the introduction of the single spine pay policy.