The Ministry of Health (MoH) has written a cheque payable into the extra duty allowance accounts of the consultants of both Komfo Anokye? and Korle-bu Teaching hospitals following an emergency Labour Commission? meeting with representatives of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), the MoH and the Fair Wages Commission (FWC) on Wednesday, the 12th of September, 2012.

The MoH, albeit under severe cashflow constraints, has soon after the meeting directed payment.? It is therefore expected that the leadership of GMA would implement the third directive of the Labour Commission which is to call off the strike action by the Consultants of KATH and ?immediately resume normal duties.?

A statement released by the Ministry said, ?Whilst active steps are being taken to collaborate with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to ensure that outstanding allowances owed the consultants for the second quarter of 2012 are paid within two weeks as further directed by the NLC, the Ministry is calling on the Consultants to honour their part of the bargain by returning to work

Indeed, the Government, through the Ministry is working hard in collaboration with the Fair Wages Commission to streamline the current challenges faced by health worker emoluments under the single spine salary arrangement. The Ministry is therefore calling on all stakeholders in the health sector to exercise restraint and not to give up on their patients and country.


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