Doctors, on Tuesday, at a press conference held by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) national executives called off their one-month-old strike action, following an intervention by the National Labour Commission.?
The leadership had called on its members to go back to work on May 8, 2013 and start attending to the medical needs of the ordinary?Ghanaian.
It is trite knowledge that the strike action embarked upon by the doctors had caused the nation a lot in terms of a fall revenue generation, worsened health conditions as a result of their unavailability at post, possible loss of lives that are irreplaceable among others.
It is not for any reason that doctors are classified as essential service providers because the development of any nation is hinged on the quality of health of its human resource; and this can only be achieved when those in the medical profession avail themselves at all material times, to provide basic healthcare to the people.
Doctors and all other health service providers must bear this in mind and keep faith with this humane call to saving lives.
Human lives must not be used as a bargaining chip for their condition of service and other related- issues in impasse with their employer (government). Whatever disagreements they have with government can always be resolved later; but lives lost and other negative attendants associated with any form of strike actions are irrecoverable.
Government on the other hand must endeavour to always look at the concerns of doctors and other health professionals, and indeed, all other public sector workers and pay them what they are due in order to avoid all these labour-related agitations, which have negative implications on the health of the country?s economy.
The Republic is of the unrepentant belief that doctors, like any other essential service providers i.e. the police, army and others, must not resort to strike actions in their attempts to resolving labour disagreements with government.
There are various institutions like the National Labour Commission, Fair Wages and Salaries Commission etc that have been mandated by law to address some of these challenges on the labour front. Labour unions, especially those in the essential service providers? category, must at all material times, strictly adhere to the laid down procedures and not stage stipulated in the laws of the land in resolving any such labour issues.
We are a nation of laws and we must be seen to be respecting the laws. The situation where anybody or labour unions tend to hold the nation hostage through blackmails by employing unorthodox means to addressing their concerns, must be avoided at all times.