Suit against doctors to be heard on May 8

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

An Accra Fast Track High Court has fixed May 8, 2013 to begin hearing a suit brought against the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) by Mr Puines Amuzu, an Accra-based legal practitioner, who is seeking a court injunction to compel striking doctors to return to work.

Mr Amuzu filed the writ last Thursday seeking a declaration that the GMA strike was unlawful and, therefore, unwarranted.

He is also praying the court to restrain the doctors from going on future strikes because they are providers of essential service.

But when the case was called yesterday, counsel for the defendant pleaded for an adjournment on the grounds that the GMA had just been served with the writ to which it needed some time to respond.

The court, presided over by Justice Edward Asante Amoako, granted the request.

The National Labour Commission last Wednesday began processes at the Accra High Court to compel striking doctors to go back to work.

The GMA embarked on an industrial action on April 8, 2013 following a conversion difference in its migration onto the Single Spine Salary Structure and its pension scheme.

Story: Sebastian Syme