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General News Wed, 20 May 2009

Doctors in Ho Municipal Hospital on 24-hour duty

Ho, May 20, GNA - Doctors at the Ho Municipal Hospital are on duty 24 hours since the beginning of their work-to-rule industrial action on Monday, Madam Patience Asigbe, Matron of the Hospital told the Ghana News Agency. She said apart from the hospital's Cuban doctors who were away attending a meeting in Accra and some who are attending a workshop in Accra, the rest have been reporting for their day and night duties. Madam Asigbe said there had not been serious emergency cases at the hospital that warranted that doctors be called in after normal working hours since they decided to "work-to-rule". "For now, no serious case had come after 1700 hours. Those that come were within the management of nurses," she said. The Matron said "it is difficult to ignore people who come to you for medical attention especially emergency cases" and expressed the hope that the issue would be resolved quickly to normalize work in the country's public hospitals. At the Volta Regional Hospital, Mr Alex Amenu, Administrator said there was nothing, so far, to show doctors at the hospital were "working to rule."

Ho, May 20, GNA - Doctors at the Ho Municipal Hospital are on duty 24 hours since the beginning of their work-to-rule industrial action on Monday, Madam Patience Asigbe, Matron of the Hospital told the Ghana News Agency. She said apart from the hospital's Cuban doctors who were away attending a meeting in Accra and some who are attending a workshop in Accra, the rest have been reporting for their day and night duties. Madam Asigbe said there had not been serious emergency cases at the hospital that warranted that doctors be called in after normal working hours since they decided to "work-to-rule". "For now, no serious case had come after 1700 hours. Those that come were within the management of nurses," she said. The Matron said "it is difficult to ignore people who come to you for medical attention especially emergency cases" and expressed the hope that the issue would be resolved quickly to normalize work in the country's public hospitals. At the Volta Regional Hospital, Mr Alex Amenu, Administrator said there was nothing, so far, to show doctors at the hospital were "working to rule." He said work at the hospital had been normal with doctors reporting for scheduled job hours as was the case before. Dr Kofi Gafatsi Normanyo, Chairman of the Volta Region branch of the Ghana Medical Association, however maintained that doctors in the region were sticking to the call by the GMA to "work to rule". 20 May 09

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Source: GNA
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