Health Ministry begs Striking Lab Technicians to return to Work

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The Ministry of Health is appealing to the striking Medical Laboratory Scientists to reconsider their decision and return to work while negotiations continue.

The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists withdrew all laboratory services including blood banking, surveys, surveillance and monthly returns into DHIMS 2 among others.

The strike which took effect on Monday, May 28,2018 was triggered by threats from some Medical Superintendents and directors within the health service instead of calling on the appropriate authorities to attend to their concerns.

The laboratory technicians had over the weeks been asking government to correct salary discrepancies detected in 2012 after the introduction of a new equitable public pay policy among other grievances, which led to a sit-down strike over what the group described as government’s inability to address their conditions of service concerns.

Speaking to XYZ News, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Health, Robert Cudjoe said the leadership of the group had been meeting the Minister of Health over their concerns to manage the laboratories as well as their salary issues.

He said despite how complex the issue is, the ministry is ready to help tackle the matter.

“…We will first and foremost appeal with them to end their strike and come to the negotiation table…we will appeal to them to go back and work. We all know how important their work is,” Mr Cudjoe said.

He said there would be a meeting with the leadership to see how best the issue can be resolved.


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