The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has warned that public sector doctors will withdraw their services on February 11, if the Fair Wages and National Labour Commission fail to address the discrepancies associated with the migration of doctors unto the Single Spine Salary Structure.
The GMA said this after a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Friday said it has instructed their members to only attend to emergencies and in-patients beginning, February 11, 2013
In an interview with Citi News, the General Secretary of the Association, Mr. Frank Serebour said doctors will eventually withdraw all services including emergency care as well as in-patient care from February
“We have actually instructed are members to standby and we have given them clear instructions as to how they are supposed to go according to what the NEC has already decide upon.”
“It is not something that came out of the blue; we have been at this issue for almost one year now. And we have indicated that right from the time that we migrated to the Single Spine Salary Structure in December 2011; there was an issue with the market premium because the Fair Wages and Salries Commission and the Ministry of Finance decided to fix the market premium on their own.”
According to the GMA the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and the Fair Wages and Salary Commission unilaterally decided to suspend and subsequently recover payments of conversion difference to doctors and other health professionals resulting in reduced pension contributions.
This GMA has said is in clear contravention of the ILO Convention, the Labour Act 2003 and the Government white paper on SSSS implementation.
Dr. Serbour said “the National Labour Commission has either deliberately or intentionally or whether they don’t have the capacity to deal with the issue. The commission is supposed to within 14 days solve the issues after all the complaints we made in May 28, 2012.”
“And up to date the issues have not been resolved.”
“Our SSNIT contribution has gone down against the international labour law; our pension contribution on the Single Spine is lower than before and that is not acceptable. This issue has been before the National Labour Commission for close to four months now and they have not done anything about it”, he lamented.