Ignore GMA's falsehood, deceitful, 'forced-out lab physicians' communique to win public sympathy- GFAHP tackles GMA
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Ignore GMA's falsehood, deceitful, 'forced-out lab physicians' communique to win public sympathy- GFAHP tackles GMA

By Jerry Akornor 


Ghana Federation of Allied Health Professions  (GFAHP) says the latest communique issued by the Ghana Medical Association that some lab physicians have been forced-out of posts is a complete  falsehood peddled solely to throw dust into the eyes of the public and attract public sympathy. 

Ghana Medical Association in the latest communique threatened to push for re-instatement of what they described as 'forced-out lab physicians at some hospitals in the country including Korle-Bu. The communique which is the direct response to the burning issues resulting in the on-going indefinite nationwide strike by lab scientists in the country, warned Ministry of Health and KATH Management not to kowtow to the demands of KATH striking lab professionals. 


According to the federation, the GMA's communique was riddled with inaccuracies intended to deceive the public on the unresolved development that led to a full-blown strike by lab professionals at Komfo Anokye Hospital intended to win public sympathy.


A statement signed and issued by Chairperson of GFAHP Dr. Shiraz Issahaku on 31 May 2021 said "

The attention of the leadership of Ghana Federation of Allied Health Professions (GFAHP) has been drawn to a communique issued by GMA dated 30th May 2021 with series of inaccuracies and absolute falsehood. All these, we believed is an attempt to throw dust into the eyes of readers in order to attract public sympathy". 


"This diversionary attempt is unfortunate, unnecessary and confrontational and must be condemn by all well-meaning Ghanaians in order to maintain the peace and tranquility we all enjoy in the health sector. This has been the attitude of GMA towards all other health professional which contributed significantly to the disunity in the health sector over the years".


Below is the press release signed and issued by Chairperson of Dr. Shiraz Issahaku, Ghana Federation of Allied Health Professions (GFAHP): 

PRESS RELEASE ON CONFRONTATIONAL STAND BY GMA 


The attention of the leadership of Ghana Federation of Allied Health Professions (GFAHP) has been drawn to a communique issued by GMA dated 30th May 2021 with series of inaccuracies and absolute falsehood. All these, we believed is an attempt to throw dust into the eyes of readers in order to attract public sympathy. This diversionary attempt is unfortunate, unnecessary and confrontational and must be condemn by all well-meaning Ghanaians in order to maintain the peace and tranquility we all enjoy in the health sector. This has been the attitude of GMA towards all other health professional which contributed significantly to the disunity in the health sector over the years.


With an over five pages ‘dissertation’, not a single reference sentence was made to a particular section of Act 857 or any other law to support or confirm the legality of posting uncertified professionals to the various medical laboratory services in the country. 


We repeat with emphases that nowhere in Act 857 or any other law is medical laboratory science mentioned as part of the physician job description or scope of practice.


As we said earlier, this attempt to undermine the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies (HPRB) Act, 2013, Act 857 and Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC), as clearly stated in the schedule will be resisted by all allied health professionals in this country. The interpretation section of part two, section 50 of Act 857, clearly define medicine and the various sub specialities in Ghana and does not include medical laboratory science. Until that is changed, we will not allow any such illegality. 


The reference to the Health Facility Regulatory Authority shows an attempt to hang onto straws to justify the illegality.

We want to remind the GMA that, they should respect the laws of Ghana and all other health professionals in this country for industrial harmony in the health sector. We also want to repeat that, Ghanaians should hold GMA responsible for any disturbances in the health sector. 


Additionally, we want to remind GMA that there are over seventeen (17) Allied Health Professional Bodies in this country and a threat to any one of us is a threat to all Allied Health Professionals in 

Ghana. They definitely cannot be victors with their threat to reject laboratory results not signed by laboratory physician. In other words, they will reject work done by all the 17 Allied health practitioners who are certified by the same council. What this means is that from the day this policy is implemented almost all sectors in the hospitals including Oncology, Radiology, Optometry, Physiotherapy, Medical Records, Environmental 

Health, Public Health, Psychiatric, Nutrition, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Disease Control and many other sectors will have to be shut down. 


Finally, we entreat Ministry of Health to intervene and ensure that all professionals in the health sector are treated fairly with the dignity they deserve. The Ministry of Health should not allow any professional group to hold this country to ransom.


The leadership of GFAHPs wishes to inform its members to wear RED arm bands from today 31st May 2021until further notice. 

The truth stands. Long live GFAHP, Long live Ghana

Signed

Dr Shiraz Issahaku

Chairperson –GFAHP & GSMP 

Dr Paul Amankonah

Vice-President GFAHP & President GPA


David Naboare

GS- GFAHP & President GNACMHOs


Dr Abu Abudu-Rahamani

GAMLS- President


Dr. Neal Boafo

STAAG-President


Dr. Remi Ninkpe 

GOA-President


Prince Rockson

GSR-President


Dr Kingsley K A Pereko

GAND-President


Atuahene Agyeman Eric

HEPAG-President


Kwame Arhin Jnr

GHIMA-President


Asenso Prince Antwi

OAG-President


Ann Sena Fordie

OTAG-President


Asare Mark Listowel

GHAPO-President


Douglas Avoka

OHPAG-President


Fuseini Mavis

GAPHTO- President


Paul Nutsugah Jnr

GEHOA-President

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