George Smith Graham, FWSC CEO

THE DEAN of University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS), Professor Yao Tettey, has appealed to the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to give serious consideration to the market premium of lecturers in the country’s four medical schools.

He said the lecturers deserve the market premium of the doctor in addition to that of the lecturer.

“These are the group of persons who work as full-time doctors taking care of patients like any doctor in Ghana as well as full-time lecturers like any other university lecturer,” he said.

Prof. Tettey made this appeal when he presented a paper themed, “UGMS and the Medical Manpower Development in Ghana,” at the public monthly lecture of the UGMS held in Accra.

The lecture, which is the first in a series of lectures forms part of activities towards the celebration of the UGMS’ 50th anniversary.

Prof. Tettey said the reconsideration of salaries is the best way of making the remuneration of lecturers in medical school attractive so that young consultants to be willing to join the aging faculty.

“A large proportion of our faculty is over 60 years of age and a significant number above 55 years, only a small proportion of our teachers are below 45,” he said.

The dean further noted that the measure will enable the faculty train many more doctors and specialists to meet the yawning gap of this category of staff in the health care system.

Prof. Tettey said although there are many doctors within and outside the country who can be employed to teach in medical schools, grossly unattractive remuneration and conditions of service pose a huge challenge.

“The remuneration and end-of-service benefits of doctors (trained) who work with the Ministry of Health and other organizations are much better than those of medical school lecturers,” he noted.

He said further that funding has remained the biggest challenge of the school as it receives very little in terms of service and nothing on investments.

“While thanking the government and people of Ghana for setting up the GETFUND, I wish to state that GETFUND support for the UGMS, for that matter the university has declined,” Prof. Tettey said.

He said despite the challenges of funding the school faces, it has graduated 2, 570 doctors who form about 54.3% of the total requirement of the Ghana Health Service, according to the projected estimate of the MoH.

He said “the doctors we train are all over the country.”

Although the faculty is attracting some funds through research, a multipronged approach is being used to address the challenges of the school and that will be getting more support from government.

“We need support from government and corporate organizations in Ghana to develop more medical manpower for mother Ghana,” Prof. Tettey stated.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri



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