Health

MP urges caution over quota system for doctors

Member of Parliament for Sekondi in the Western Region, Andrew Egyapa Mercer, has called on the Ghana Health Service to re-consider its decisions to introduce a quota system in employing medical doctors and dentists in the country.

Director-General of GHS, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, at the weekend announced newly-trained doctors will no longer be posted automatically but apply to the regions and go through an interview process to be engaged.

“It has been observed that most young medical doctors and dentists are reluctant to accept postings to work in such needy areas after their housemanship. On that note, this year, we’ve started interviewing doctors; we’re not posting them anymore and next year, we shall give quotas to regions,” he said.

But Egyapa Mercer is urging caution in the system that the Service intends to introduce,  noting that “to restrict them [doctors] to one region is not good enough and the government must take a critical look at it”.

Commenting on the issue on TV3’s New Day hosted by Bright Nana Amfoh on Tuesday, Mr. Mercer said “does that mean that is where they will stay for the rest of their lives? We need to look at that. Just promise them with incentives for them to accept posting instead”.

On his part, Member of Parliament for South Dayi in the Volta Region, Rockson-Nelson Kwami Dafeamekpor, said “I think I agree with the government and I think they should allow the doctors to come so that they will be roving doctors from clinic to clinic”.

“If we do it like that, the people will not feel the shortfalls but now because they are static and residence, there are short falls” he observed.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|TV3|3news.com|Ghana

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