Ministry Of Health commends GHOSPA for calling off strike

Pharmacies at the various public health facilities have been shut
Pharmacies at the various public health facilities were shut during the strike
The Ministry of Health has commended members of the Government Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) for accepting to call off their strike action to enable stakeholders involved to resolve their issues.
The Health Ministry in a statement said it hopes “that GHOSPA will cooperate with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), Ministry of Health, the National Labour Commission and other stakeholders to resolve all issues relating to their remuneration and conditions of service.”
GHOSPA members declared a strike over their allowances and conditions of service. This action created some level of anxiety amongst the persons seeking medical assistance in the various government hospitals.
The statement went on further to say “while the Ministry commits itself to ensuring fair and adequate remuneration for all categories of health workers, it is the view of the Ministry that this can only be done through proper procedure and respect for law.
“The negotiation has not concluded. Our understanding is that FWSC is still committed to continuing the negations. It is therefore the view of the Ministry that the people of Ghana, the poor and vulnerable as well as distressed patients would be served if GHOSPA continued to negotiate with a view to reaching agreement with the FWSC.
“The Ministry wishes to remind GHOSPA that as providers of essential services, they are enjoined by section 162 of the Labour Act to refer any problems they may have with the negotiation process to the Labour Commission if they are of the view that negation has broken down” the statement added.
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