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Doctors demand written commitment from govt

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) says it is waiting for a written commitment from the government before striking doctors will resume work fully.

The commitment letter should instruct the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD) to restore the payment of conversion difference and refund to doctors the arrears with a payment schedule.

A statement jointly issued by the Pr1esident, Dr Kwabena Opoku Adusei, and the General Secretary, Dr Frank Serebour, yesterday said the doctors were neither demanding an immediate payment nor a one lump payment of their conversion difference.

“The GMA would like to state emphatically that we jealously guard the salaries and pensions of doctors in the public sector,” it said.

It said any delay in resolving the issue to make for the resumption of work by doctors should be laid at the doorstep of the government, adding that the restoration of the conversion difference would automatically correct the reduced pensions.

The statement recalled a meeting held at the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations on April 19, at which it was established that, indeed, doctors were paid conversion difference for several months with the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure but that was suspended by the government and amounts already paid subsequently recovered.

“The meeting was adjourned with the understanding that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Employment were to seek the mandate for the restoration and refund of arrears of the conversion difference,” it said.

The GMA expressed its willingness to call off the strike in totality and resume work fully if the government committed itself to a signed document instructing the CAGD to restore the payment of conversion difference and refund the arrears with a payment schedule.