KATH : GFAHP back strike by lab professionals
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KATH : GFAHP back strike by lab professionals


By Jerry Akornor 


Leadership of Ghana Federation of Allied Health Professions (GFAHP) says it has learnt with shock and disbelief the attempt by management of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to disturb the peace and tranquility in the country by posting physicians to work in medical laboratories. 


According to the federation, the attempt to forcefully post uncertified professional to various medical laboratories is illegal, unnecessary and uncalled for. The federation which has kicked against confrontation stands by Ghana Medical Association and management of KATH insists it is an attempt to repeat what happened in Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital years back, which resulted in confrontation between the staff of Central Laboratory Services and some physicians posted to the laboratory. Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists has since thrown their weight behind the KATH lab professionals upon their last strike. 


A statement signed and issued on Thursday 20 May 2021 by the federation said the "leadership of GFAHPs wishes to inform its members to hold themselves in readiness for the next line of action. We unconditionally and totally support GAMLS in their quest for fairness and justice in their line of practice. The truth stands".


Below is the press statement signed and issued by Ghana Federation of Allied Health Professions :


GHANA FEDERATION OF ALLIED HEALTH 

PROFESSIONS (GFAHP)


PRESS RELEASE ON CONFRONTATIONAL STAND BY MANAGEMENT OF 

KOMFO ANOKYE TEACHING HOSPITAL AND GMA 


The leadership of Ghana Federation of Allied Health Professions (GFAHP) has learnt with shock and disbelief the attempt by management of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to disturb the peace and tranquility in the country by posting physicians to work in medical laboratories. This attempt to forcefully post uncertified professional to various medical laboratories is illegal, unnecessary and uncalled for. This is an attempt to repeat what happened in Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital years back, which resulted in confrontation between the staff of Central Laboratory Services and some physicians posted to the laboratory.


We equally read the disturbing development and unbelievable statement issued by GMA in support 

of this illegality.


The attempt to undermine the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies (HPRB) Act, 2013, Act 857 and Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC), will be resisted by all allied health professionals 

in this country. For the avoidance of doubt, according to both part one (AHPC) and part two (MDC) of Act 857, no health professional can practice in any medical laboratory in this country without certification by AHPC. The role and job description of physicians are clearly defined under part two, section 50 of Act 857.


Additionally, nowhere did the Act mention that Physicians or any other person can walk into any

medical laboratory to practice. All professionals who intend to practice must apply to AHPC for 

certification.


We also want to remind GMA that, the days where they were seen as ‘headmasters’ of various sections of our health facilities are gone and they must come to terms with this reality and stop carrying themselves as such. Ghanaians should hold GMA responsible for any disturbances in the 

health sector. 


The management of KATH must be reminded that quality healthcare delivery is hinged on the 

critical core value of team work based on mutual respect and support for each other. We therefore 

demand that management of KATH should do everything possible to resolve this by respecting 

the uniqueness of all health professions in the hospital in order to for stall an escalation of the current impasse.


We entreat Ministry of Health to intervene and remind the management of KATH to respect all 

health professions to ensure industrial harmony. The management of KATH need to ensure a 

collective efforts and respect for all professionals in the health sector.

The leadership of GFAHPs wishes to inform its members to hold themselves in readiness for the 

next line of action. We unconditionally and totally support GAMLS in their quest for fairness and 

justice in their line of practice.

The truth stands. Long live GFAHP, Long live Ghana 

Thank you. 

Signed



Dr Shiraz Issahaku

For Chairman – GFAHP

 

Alberta Rockson

General Secretary – GFAHP 


Dr Paul Amankonah

GPA-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

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