KATH doctors likely to resume work on Thursday – Management

Management spokesperson of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Kwame Frimpong, has revealed that doctors of the hospital might resume work on Thursday, March 14.

This follows a crunch meeting with the leadership of the striking doctors, management of the hospital, representatives of the Lands Commission and representatives of private developers.

Early on Wednesday, doctors at KATH embarked on a strike over accommodation issues.

JoyNews checks reveal that this has taken a toll on healthcare delivery. At 9am on Wednesday, March 13, the Out-Patient Department (OPD) of the health facility was inundated with patients who had trooped in to seek health care.

And according to Kwame Frimpong, various stakeholders have taken note of the dire impact the strike has on healthcare delivery, hence the meeting to find solutions to the issues.

Speaking on JoyFM’s TopStory later in the evening, Kwame Frimpong said: “The general expectation is that given the fruitful nature of the discussion we had today where all the stakeholders were present, we believe that the leadership of the doctors association will be meeting their members latest by tomorrow morning and that it is most likely that they will resume work freely by tomorrow morning.”

He clarified that although the leadership of the KATH Doctors Association did not emphatically state they would return to work tomorrow, he was certain that, given the fact that most of the issues were addressed, it is only right for the doctors to resume work on Thursday morning.

“They cannot take the decision on their own because they represent a group but the general feedback is positive because all the concerns that they raise were freely addressed by the team that led them today.”

Reacting to concerns about the accommodation challenges doctors faced, Mr Frimpong assured that there were plans to settle this issue.

“Fortunately, all the developers in that enclave are not Land Commission. The assurance from the Land Commission officials was that the developers would be called and clear instructions will be given to them not to harass anybody until alternate accommodation has been found to pave the way for the relocation of the workers. Until that is done, nobody should be harassed,” he assured.

Source: myjoyonline

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