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Tamale Health Workers to Embark on ``Work to Rule``


2007-01-27 00:34:07
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THE HEALTH Workers Group of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Tamale branch has registered their protest against what they termed as juicy promises of the Government and for that matter the Ministry of Health over their salary structure.

According to the health workers, though it was being speculated by the Ghanaian public that Health Professionals were enjoying higher salaries, the situation they said, was far from that.

At a press briefing in Tamale after an emergency meeting by members of the Health Workers Group at the Tamale Teaching Hospital, the Secretary of the Group, Mr. Yakubu Adam revealed that their members would from Monday January 29, 2007 embark on a “work to rule” system if the government failed to amend the disparities in their salaries structure.

This means, the health workers would work for only ten hours with break as against the usual sixteen and twenty-four hours.

It is anticipated that the health workers would embark on another serious strike action at the national level, if their demand for equity and fairness in their salaries was not met by the government before February 5, 2007.

According to Mr. Yakubu, the government in somewhere August 2006, employed the services of an International Consultant and the Jobs Evaluation Appeals Committee to find solution to the salary disparities in the health sector, but eventually rejected their report, which suggested 100% increment in the health workers salaries.

Though the government later promised to adjust the salaries by 75% across board, it had awfully failed to fulfill the promise. Mr. Yakubu complained that the government had rather resorted to comfort only Doctors with over 149% of the “Soft Factor” as against 6% of Pharmacists in the same profession.

He therefore described the situation as unfair treatment amounting to discrimination, tension and agitations amongst health workers.

According to the executives of the Health Workers Group, it was not their intension to embark on any strike which in many ways would affect the human resource base of this country, but the harsh treatment facing their members vehemently calls for such actions.

The Health Workers Group also complained about how only Doctors were occupying all the highest positions in the Health profession in Ghana.

They therefore called on the NPP government to look into that matter and appoint men and women of other health divisions to manage the sector effectively.

Meanwhile, some Ghanaians have expressed dissatisfaction at the way the government has adjusted the salaries of doctors against nurses and other health professionals, since nurses are believed to be doing all the dirty and difficult jobs on patients.

source: Chronicle

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