Ghana’s premier health facility, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has closed down its outpatients department following an ongoing industrial action by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA).
A statement released by the management of the hospital said, members of the GMA across the country have withdrawn their services to all government hospitals and as a result only inpatients and emergency cases will be attended to by the hospital.
In early July, the GMA hinted of a possible withdrawal of services by the end of the month if government fails to give doctors conditions of service.
However, on Wednesday a meeting between government and the leadership of the Association over their conditions of service ended in a deadlock with the doctors storming out of the almost four-hour meeting to declare a nationwide strike.
They have also threatened to resign in their numbers after rolling out their plans of gradual withdrawal of services.
Below is a copy of the full statement
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has indicated that its members (who are serving doctors in the hospital) are withdrawing outpatient services to government hospitals in the country beginning today, Thursday, July 30, 2015. This measure by the GMA has affected outpatient services in Korle Bu as well.
Management of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital wishes to inform the general public that its Outpatient services have been closed to patients as a result of the action by members of the GMA. However, as indicated by the GMA that they will continue to attend to inpatient and emergency cases, the Hospital is still managing inpatient and emergency cases.
The Hospital therefore, wishes to inform all patients who will require outpatient services to go to other private and peripheral hospitals in the metropolis.
The Hospital is appreciative of the service members of the GMA have been providing. Management resolves to work with government and the GMA to ensure that the current impasse is addressed as soon as possible.
The general public will be duly informed of any changes in the current situation.