Doctors in Ghana and the government have agreed on a new codified conditions of service.
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) on Wednesday, October 28, signed a codified conditions of service.
The move brings to an end months of negotiations between the parties. Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu’s promised that, negotiations between the doctors and the government will be concluded before October 30, 2015.
According to Starrfmonline both the GMA leadership and members of the government team present at the negotiations are tight lipped about the new agreement.
In August, members of the GMA embarked on a three to four-week strike and threatened to resign en masse if they do not have codified conditions of service.
The doctors called off the strike however after an executive council meeting by the leaders of the Ghana Medical Association.
"All members are to restore full services…," a statement issued after the meeting said.
The doctors withdrew their services on July 30, 2015 in protest over the absence of a codified conditions of service.
They were demanding a signed document detailing a number of entitlements to be given to them as part of their conditions of service.
Part of their demands included 40% of basic salaries as accommodation allowance per month, 20 percent as core duty facilitation allowance, 30% clothing allowance, 20% maintenance allowance, 20% utility allowance, 50% as professional allowance and 25% special risk allowance and vehicle tax exemption to doctors.
The proposal was condemned severally by government spokespersons some of whom described the demands as outrageous.