The Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, Dr. Dennis Adu-Gyasi, has told Citi News that the strike by members of the association at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti Region and other parts of the country, has been called off.
He says the decision was taken on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, after a meeting with the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health which has promised to address their concerns.
“We can confirm that the strike by the respective regions of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists that actually started from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, has been called off today [Tuesday, June 1] at Parliament, when the leaders of the professional body met the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health, and put their issues before them. Parliament also agreed that we should report back to them to get the matter resolved. And so the leadership, based on the meeting held at Oceanic Hotel in Accra this [Tuesday] morning, has agreed, and we expect that members from tomorrow [Wednesday], would be resuming work”, Dennis Adu-Gyasi told citinewsroom.com.
Members of the Medical Laboratory Scientists Association at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital first declared a sit-down strike on Thursday, May 20, 2021, to protest the decision of the hospital’s management to keep two medical specialists in key positions at the Laboratory Services Directorate of the facility.
The Chairman of the KATH Chapter of the association, Ernest Badu Boateng, had said the Ministry of Health and the management of the hospital had the one-week window to reassign the medical specialists.
He said if the authorities failed to change their stance, all medical laboratory scientists in the country will meet to take further action.
This failure, thus, led to other regional branches of the association also joining the KATH chapter in a full-blown strike.