Doctors have defended their intended strike over outstanding emoluments, arguing that they are not insensitive
“We are employees. We cannot continue to be cheated by the employer like that,” Dr Ankobea said.
The doctors have threatened to withdraw outpatient services in public facilities from Monday, August 6 unless government honoured various outstanding issues related benefits.
With a membership of about 7,000, strikes by medical doctors have come with irreversible consequences, including deaths.
But Dr Ankobea said the doctors had shown enough patience, and that the public must rather question government for the situation.
‘We are also humans’
“Remember (that) we go to the same market with everybody. Remember we are also humans,” he said.
“But it is appearing that governments can only listen to one thing. It is when you withdraw your service that
“It is unfortunate. For me, I think the public has a social contract with
“We think that what we are demanding is a genuine cause, so they (the public) should not be angry at us.”
In November 2017, the doctors gave
Dr Ankobea said the doctors had shown commitment to play according to the rules, and that it is
“As we speak now, it has been three months since April 30, so we think
“The issues with the market premium dates back to 2013. We have sat down with them on several occasions.
“We, as leaders, were mandated by our members to do these negotiations on their behalf way back in 2017.