Salaries of doctors across the country are expected to delay by at least 2 weeks.
This is to give government enough time to adhere to an agreement reached with the Ghana Medical Association and other stakeholders on their conditions of service.
The delay in paying doctors’ salaries for the month of February was agreed on by the National Executive Council of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), government and other relevant agencies.
Government’s commitment to fulfil it’s part of the bargain comes on the back of threats by the GMA to embark on a strike action should government fail to honour its part of the agreement.
The GMA, in a memo dated February 21, 2020 and signed by its President, Dr. Frank Ankobea and General Secretary, Dr. Justice Yankson, observed that government had breached the agreement by not heeding to the January 21, 2020 deadline.
“The Association has accordingly given the government up to Saturday, 29th February 2020 to ensure full implementation (including payment of all occasioned arrears) of the CoS document at both the National and facility levels. If any default on the part of Government occurs Vis-à-vis the stated deadline, there shall be immediate withdrawal of all services by members in all facilities,” the statement noted.
This has necessitated the consultations for which reason the salaries of the doctors will delay.
Explaining the details of the delay Thursday signed the Assistant General Secretary GMA, Dr Titus Beyuo, the associations served notice that salaries will be paid before March 15, 2020.
“I write to inform all doctors employed by the Ministry of Health and its agencies that there will be delays in the payments of salaries for February 2020
“The National Executive council is working closely with government, the ministry of finance, the Ministry of Employment and labour relations and the controller and accountant general’s department to ensure full implementation of the condition of service document,” it said.
“It is the expectation of the NEC that February 2020 salaries will be paid before the 15th of March 2020,” the GMA assured.
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