Mintah Akandoh chastises Health Minister over lab scientists’ strike

The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, has lambasted the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, for acting unconcerned as medical laboratory services come to a standstill over the impasse at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in the Ashanti Region.

In the last week, laboratory scientists at KATH have been on a sit-down strike, opposing a the management decision to reassign two haematologists to the lab unit.

As a result, many regional chapters of the Association have joined the strike in solidarity with their colleagues.

Hon. Mintah Akandoh in speaking to the media on Thursday, May 27, 2021, expressed his disappointment in the inability of the Sector Minister to be proactive in resolving the matter.

“I have to also indicate that I am highly disappointed in the Minister responsible for Health because we shouldn’t even sit till things escalate to this level.”

“As far as my memory serves me right, this matter started at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital more than a week ago, and I have heard that they have made efforts to engage the Minister, but that didn’t yield any result. We MPs, the President, and Ministers are supposed to be servants of the people.”

The strike action keeps spreading from region to region as lab technicians in 11 out of the 16 regions have also laid down their tools in solidarity with their colleagues at KATH.

Ashanti Regional Chapter of the Association on Thursday, May 27, 2021, declared an indefinite strike involving all of its members over the stalemate.

They have vowed to call off the strike only if the two are withdrawn from the hospital’s laboratory unit.

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