New GMA Bosses Demand Condition of Service Paid Effective January 1 2024 or Gov’t Should Expect Industrial Action
Also, Medical Doctors Distinguish Themselves from Book Doctors with New Prefixes
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) concluded its 65th Annual General Conference with a focus on addressing the critical issues of health worker compensation, working conditions, and the need for clear professional designations. The conference, held from November 7th to 12th, 2023, deliberated on the theme “Advancing Universal Health Coverage: Who Cares for the Health Worker?”
1. Demands for Health Worker Welfare:
Health workers in Ghana face challenging and risky conditions, affecting their ability to deliver quality care. The conference emphasized the need for improved working conditions, adequate compensation, and protection from workplace hazards.
The health workers demand accessible and free healthcare and retirement on Salary, as stipulated in their conditions of service. The communiqué issued urges the government to prioritize the mental well-being of health professionals, addressing factors like work overload and providing necessary support.
Moreover, the GMA declared that all conditions of service not being paid must be compensated effectively from January 1, 2024, or else the government should expect industrial action.
2. New Designations for Medical Doctors and Dentists:
To enhance patient safety and prevent confusion about medical professionals’ identities, the GMA introduced new designations for medical doctors and dental surgeons. Starting January 2024, medical doctors will use “Dr. (Med)” as a prefix, and dental surgeons will use “Dr. (Dent).” This move aims to provide clarity and protect the public from individuals falsely claiming medical titles.
3. Election of New Executives:
The conference saw the election of new members to the national executive committee for the period 2023-2025. Dr. (Med) Frank Serebour was elected as the President, leading the executive team. The new executives will oversee the Association’s affairs, with a focus on advancing the interests and well-being of medical professionals.
The executives are:
Dr. (Med) Frank Serebour President
Prof. (Med) Ernest Yorke Vice President
Dr. (Dent) Richard Selormey General Secretary
Dr. (Med) Selorm Adjoa Kutsoati Assistant General Secretary
Dr. (Med) Elizabeth Esi Crentsil Treasurer
Dr. (Med) Dan Anane-Frimpong Male Executive Member
Dr. (Med) Gladys Naa Lomole Lomotey Female Executive Member
Prof. (Med) Frank Ankobea remains the immediate past president.