By Barbara Esinam Bonney
The Ghana Allied Health Professionals (GAHP) has begun a strike action over concerns government is ignoring their grievance.
The sit-down strike, which began Tuesday 14th May, 2019, the GAHP indicated, is based on a resolution passed by the council of presidents to begin the strike if government does not resolve their complaints.
The full text of the press release of the Ghana Federation of Allied Health
Professionals (GFAHP) is reproduced below:
Following the press conference by GAHP and all Allied Health Professionals across the country on 8th May 2019, today 14th May 2019, is the beginning of our sit-down strike based on the resolution passed by the council of presidents that all Allied health professionals will embark on a sit-down strike from 14th May if their grievances are not resolved.
It is interesting to note that neither the Ministry of Health nor any government agency has found it necessary to contact leadership of GAHP on the issues raised that include the following:
1. The governing board of the Allied Health Professionals Council has not been inaugurated after 29 months of its dissolution, especially in the light of the fact that all other health sectors regulatory bodies have had their boards.
2. Nothing has been done with regard to the non-inclusion of the Allied Health Professionals in the proposed amendments to the Governing Boards of Ghana Health Service and Teaching Hospital Act, 1996 (Act 525).
We therefore have no option than to instruct our members to observe a sit-down strike till further notice.
The body was established by an Act of parliament (Act 857, 2013) to regulate the training and practice of Allied Health professions in Ghana.