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Presidency steps in to resolve doctors' grievances

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

A crucial meeting was held at the instance of the Presidency at the Flagstaff House Tuesday to find an amicable solution to the concerns raised by doctors over their migration onto the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS).

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The marathon meeting was attended by representatives from the government, the National Labour Commission (NLC), the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) and the Ghana Medical Association (GMA).

At the end of the closed-door meeting, which was held under the auspices of the Chief of Staff, Mr Prosper Douglas Bani, the parties agreed that the arbitration award given by the NLC should, until otherwise varied, be implemented to resolve the current impasse.

A statement signed by the Minister of Information, Mr Mahama Ayariga, and issued at the end of the meeting said the Chief of Staff urged all parties in labour disputes to allow the appropriate institutions of state to resolve them.

After the meeting, the executives of the GMA and the FWSC, the statement said, subsequently paid a courtesy call on the Vice-President,  Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur.

Doctors in public health facilities began a partial withdrawal of their services on Monday, February 11 following a call by the GMA on them to do so to protest against delays in resolving some sticky points regarding their migration onto the SSSS.

The full withdrawal of services is scheduled to begin on Monday, February 18, 2013.

There were, however, mixed responses to the call for doctors to begin a partial withdrawal of their services.

Some doctors in some public hospitals withdrew part of their services, while others ignored the call to begin a partial withdrawal of their services.

But the NLC has described the action as illegal and directed the doctors to discontinue the action.