Parliament Summons Ministry of Health Over Striking Medical Laboratory Scientists

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The Health committee of the Parliament of Ghana as per the mandate given them, has written a letter to the Minister of Health to appear before the committee on 1st June 2021 to answer questions on steps taken by the ministry to resolve matters affecting the striking Medical Laboratory Scientists in the country.

In the said letter, the committee stated that, it has received information that attempts by the Ministry of Health to get the striking medical laboratory staff to resume work proved futile and also,are aware that Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) did not comply with the interlocutory injunction secured from the High court by the National Labour Commission.

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The Parliamentary select committee on health has also taken note of the fact that patients, particularly those who require laboratory tests have been left stranded due to the protest by members of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) which has now escalated into an impasse between the Ghana Medical Association and GAMLS.

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Based on the reasons stated above, the Parliamentary select committee on health under the chairmanship of Hon. Dr. Ayew Afriyie (MP, Effiduase Asokore) has invited the Ministry of Health and its affected agencies to a meeting on 1st June 2021 at 1:30pm at Parliament house to help resolve the issue.

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In attendance will be the Sector Minister, Chief Director, Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation as well as the Director of Human Resource at the Health ministry.

The committee has also requested the ministry to extend an invitation to the management of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH),the Ghana Medical Association (Society of Laboratory Physicians, Ghana), the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS), the society of Medical Laboratory Managers Ghana, the Health Facilities Regulatory Agency and the College of Physicians and Surgeons (Faculty of Laboratory Medicine).

It is expected that by the time the meeting comes to an end, concerns raised by the members of Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) will be addressed so they can return to work.

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