It’s about time government becomes proactive in dealing with issues that undermine the ability of health workers to deliver quality health care.
Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana is asking government to priotitise the concerns of health service providers over any other issue in the country.
Dr. Patience Abor speaking on the Morning Xpress of Radio XYZ expressed worry about the one year delay in paying the two months’ salary arrears of junior doctors on housemanship at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
The doctors were asked to commence work in September 2016 when KATH was in dire need of doctors with the notion that the financial clearance from the ministry of finance through the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) will ask them to start the Housemanship in September 2016.
They started the work hoping the hospital will facilitate their financial clearance from the Ministry through CAGD but the payment for September and October has not been made and the CAGD is currently saying it needs approval from the Ministry of Finance to do so.
Junior Doctors of KATH have threatened a strike action to take place on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 if they are not provided with a document of evidence promising the payment of their two months’ salary arrears.
In order to prevent a recurrence, Dr Abor is suggesting that the government begins arrangements to pay doctors from their final year in school, so funds are available in time to pay them. She also bemoaned the bureaucracy in the public sector saying it is ‘colonial’ and not in the best interest of the country.
She was expecting the Komfo Anokye hospital to be “innovative in dealing with the issue by arranging for an allowance for the doctors while they work on the clearance from the Ministry of Finance.”
She reiterated that the emotional wellbeing of the doctors is at stake if they have to go through stress to receive monies due them in their early years of the profession. She said the stress could affect the quality of health care they deliver.