Catholic Hospital discharges 14 doctors over strike

In the wake of ongoing strike by medical doctors in the public sector, the National Catholic Health Service, has sacked 14 doctors at the Holy Family Hospital in Techiman.

The medical doctors include junior and senior house officers of the facility in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The Catholic Health Service in a statement said the decision was taken after, “the officers served notice to them of their unavailability for training and service as an expression of their solidarity with the current impasse between the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and Government.”

Members of the GMA are currently on strike to demand the provision of conditions of service for them. They have resolved to only return to work when their demands are met.

Junior doctors had earlier lamented that they will be rendered redundant without the medical doctors.

“In line with our convention, inspired by Christian values, ethics and identity, we are obliged and restraint from embarking upon strike action to resolve matters of such nature. Their decision further contravenes the policy guidelines for House Officers training as circulated to us by your office. Consequently, management finds the actions of the House Officers as a breach of these principles and thus undesirable in our system,” a letter from the Catholic Health service and addressed to the Medical and Dental Council stated.

The hospital also added that the actions of the junior doctors “made it impossible for us to avail our facility to this particular group of Officers for training. In keeping to our commitment to you, we wish to state that we will be willing to consider any other person or group of person that you may post to us for training.”

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The statement also noted that the junior doctors in question enjoy benefits such as rural allowance, fuel allowance, free accommodation, free utilities, free lunch daily, free transportation and free comprehensive medical services for themselves and their spouses and three of their children above 18 years if any.

Below is the list of the doctors:

1.    Dr. Mensah Ekow Michael

2.    Dr. Kingsley Afreh Aduroh

3.    Dr. Papa Kojo Mbroh

4.    Dr. Tabi Prince Kwabena

5.    Dr. Ama Nkansa Sarkodie

6.    Dr. Daniel Assaki Ndago

7.    Dr. Evangeline Bediako

8.    Dr. Derick Prince Aryeh

9.    Dr. Apenteng Lawrence Oduro

10.    Dr. Josepth Ameyaw

11.    Boateng Ben Osafo

12.    Dr. Naizer Hussein

13.    Dr. Emmanuel Acquah

14.    Dr. Ekow Adom Mensah