GHANA: WITHDRAW PHYSICIANS FROM LAB NOW- GAMLS TO KOMFO ANOKYE TEACHING HOSPITAL BOARD

By: Jerry Akornor/www.africanakua.com, Ghana

Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) has called on the Board and Management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to immediately withdraw physicians imposed on the laboratory to ensure a conducive labour environment.

According to GAMLS, the presence of physicians at various laboratories at KATH is an interference at posts of their members. Apart from that, the association has appealed to government to urgently take steps to establish a Medical Laboratory Science Council, Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science and implement it in order to deal with the inefficiencies in laboratory industry including the menace of quackery, weak coordination, high spate of medical errors and acute shortage of specialist laboratory services in the health care sector in the country.

In a communique issued after its 2020 National Congress held at Takoradi, GAMLS resolved that government should immediately take steps to formalize a proper condition of service for medical laboratory science professionals in the Public health care industry.

The rest are that :

. The Private Sector employers should immediately takes steps to improve the working conditions and remuneration of medical laboratory professionals in the private sector of the health care industry.

. That Medical Laboratory Science is a regulated profession in Ghana under Act 857 (2013), and practitioners are required by law to be registered under the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) to practice. To this end, the Ministry of Health and its affiliate agencies, including the Ghana Health Service, Teaching Hospitals, Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), Health service directorates of the Universities and Security Services and owners of private health facilities and laboratories must all rededicate themselves to the employment and/or retention of only qualified and licensed Medical Laboratory Practitioners, to reduce quackery in the interest of public health and safety.

. That we are calling on the Government, through the Ministry of Health, to ensure that laboratory facilities and services are available in all public and private health institutions to support quality health care delivery.

.That government should initiate processes to put professionals on internship and Housemanship on the Single Spine Salary Structure to support their post-graduation training in the various health laboratories.

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