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KATH laboratory workers declare sit-down strike

Members of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Chapter of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS-KATH), have announced a sit-down strike beginning Thursday, May 20, 2021.

They are angry over a decision by the management of KATH to post two medical officers to the laboratory Services Directorate as Clinical Haematologists.

Addressing the media on the industrial action, Chairman of KATH Chapter for Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientist (GAMLS), Ernest Badu Boateng said the decision was taken after a crunch meeting with members.

The group wants management of KATH to as a matter of urgency take the two physicians out of the lab and reassign them.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Medical Association has described it as disturbing the industrial action by the Laboratory Scientists.

In a press statement signed by its President, Dr Frank Ankobeah, GMA said the demand by KATH chapter of the Medical Laboratory Scientist is ill-informed and completely unacceptable.

The Ghana Medical Association warned any harassment to its members in their line of duty will be fiercely resisted.

“The GMA has every confidence in the management of KATH and its ability to resolve this impasse, create conducive working environment for all its staff and ensure cohesion in the healthcare team.

“Nonetheless, we will not stand aloof while our members are threatened and harassed.

“We hereby serve notice to the Ministry of Health, the management of KATH and all other stakeholders that the GMA will respond appropriately should this illegality on our members be acceded to”.

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