The President of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Frank Serebour, has defended the call for enhanced conditions of service for doctors, emphasizing that it is a crucial step to curbing the current brain drain in the health sector.
In an interview on Eyewitness News on Citi FM, Dr Serebour stated that improving the conditions of service, including salary increments and other incentives, is necessary to retain medical professionals and address the ongoing challenges.
“If we agree that someone can enjoy his retirement on a salary, the person should have worked in Ghana for, say, 20 years. It will solve two problems; one is that people who want to retire on their salary will have to commit and work in this country continuously for 20 years. Wouldn't it stop the brain drain?” he questioned.
Dr Serebour highlighted the harsh reality faced by some doctors, noting instances where they have to rely on public transport or Uber to attend emergencies. He stressed that meeting their demands is not a luxury but a necessity that can influence the career choices of young professionals.
The GMA has urged the government to prioritize the well-being and security of doctors during and after active service. Dr. Serebour, speaking at the 65th General Meeting of the Association, emphasized the need for protection from workplace hazards and compensation for incidents.
He urged the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to expedite the process of addressing their demands, stating that any delays would not be tolerated.
The GMA expects the full implementation of agreed-upon terms by January 2024.