Lab Scientists threaten to embark on nationwide strike beginning Wednesday

The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) have indicated it will embark on an indefinite nationwide strike from Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

This threat is in solidarity with their members at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) who began a one-week sit-down strike last week, against the posting of two medical officers to the hospital’s Laboratory Services Directorate.

The Ministry of Health and management of KATH have made futile attempts to convince the scientists to go back to the lab for dialogue to begin.

Speaking to Accra based radio station, Citi FM, the National Public Relations Officer of the Association, Dennis Adu-Gyasi, explained that this was a decision taken at an emergency meeting with its members.

“What is happening at KATH is an affront on the practice of medical laboratory science in Ghana. The leadership of Komfo Anokye is not ready to give in to the request of the scientists over there, and it is still imposing the medical officers on the professionals. We think it is a matter that needs to be taken up at the national level. We think that if by Wednesday nothing happens, we will take it [issue] up and escalate the industrial action on a national scale.”

The KATH GAMLS had already began a one-week sit-down strike last Wednesday to protest the appointment of two medical officers to the department.

A one-week ultimatum to withdraw the appointment of the two medical officers have been given to the authority of the hospital and the Ministry of Health.

Members describe the appointment of the two medical officers as an intrusion into the profession of the medical laboratory technician fields, which according to them, was regulated by an act.

Africa Articles