SEND GHANA

SEND GHANA’s report has shown that, over 90% of government’s budgetary allocations for the health sector is spent on salary payments annually.

The report indicated that, out of government’s total actual expenditure on health in 2014 and 2015, 94 and 91% were spent in that order on health workers compensation.

SEND GHANA further observed that, in addition to the compensations, an average of 3 percent of the health sector budget was allocated for pre, post and specialized service training, comprising GHS 134.4m, GHS 40.9m and GHS 150.9m respectively in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

This indications, according to the report, is persistent as 50% of estimated allocation to the health sector in the 2017 budget would be expended on compensations and salaries.

At the launch of the findings of the report in Accra 24th October, 2017, the Senior Programme Officer, SEND Ghana, Harriet Nuamah Agyeman , called on Ghanaians to demand accountability from health workers to justify the huge budgetary allocations for paying their salaries.

“For instance in 2015, the sector spent 33% more on compensation even after allocations for compensation was adjusted upwards from GHS1.5b to GHS2b. In effect a lot of resources were spent on salaries of health professionals, and so they must provide quality services to the satisfaction of clients in a manner that meets expectations,” she reiterated.

Harriet Nuamah-Agyemang further said, it was important for the Ghana Health Service to increase education and awareness on good customer care which must include the sensitization on the Patient’s Charter.

The report, was aimed to assess citizens’ perception on the attitudes of health workers in 30 districts within the Greater Accra, Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions. It identified that, 76% of respondents were satisfied with the attitudes and behaviors of health workers especially doctors, pharmacists, dispensers and laboratory workers.

Whereas 24% of respondents also described the attitudes of nurses as arrogant as most of them tend to speak to patients rudely or often attend to their friends and acquaintances instead of following the ‘first come, first served rule’.
Meanwhile, the Greater Accra Regional Health Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Linda Van Otoo said the GHS is committed to ensuring quality health delivery in most public health institutions across the country.

“The service is putting arrangements in place to ensure that all public health facilities are equipped with the number of Doctors and Nurses required. We are also looking at the number of Doctors that the country would need in the next 10 years,” she assured.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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