Minister of Health,Alban Bagbin
The Government and Hospital Pharmacist Association GHOSPA have petitioned the Ministry Of Health and the Accountant general over some discrepancies in their salaries since October.
According to the pharmacists, they have noticed rather strangely that their salaries have been, decreasing since October a situation they describe as unfortunate.
Speaking to Citi News
, the General Secretary Of The Association, Ernest Owusu Aboagye said the pharmacists may be forced to take some extreme measures if the situation does not change by January 2013.
“It was woefully below what we are supposed to be paid. Some were paid as low as GHc24.00. whether it was a mistake or not, it is something that has been happening since October,” he stated.
Mr. Aboagye further disclosed, “We are submitting a petition to the Minister of Health and to the Controller Accountant General because we need this resolved. If it happens again in January, the unexpected will happen because people are really struggling”.
“How can you pay somebody GHc140.00 for Christmas? Even before Single Spine, pharmacists were being paid GHc140.00 so who is behind this?”
On September 4th 2012, a statement signed by the Chairman of the Association, Stephen Corquaye said pharmacists in the public sector remain the only healthcare professionals who have not been migrated onto the Single Spine Salary Structure following an eleven month stalemate with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC).
It said the Association has realised that the entire system including FWSC and health sector management are keen on perpetrating injustice and bias against it.
The statement said it is unfortunate that not even the intervention of the Minister of Health, his Deputy and the Ghana Health Service Council has found a solution to the problem and urged government to immediately step in to resolve the issue.