KATH impasse: Gt. Accra, Eastern, Oti, 3 other regions join lab scientists’ strike

KATH impasse: Gt. Accra, Eastern, Oti, 3 other regions join lab scientists’ strike

This brings to 11, out of the 16 regions whose lab technicians have also laid down their tools in solidarity with their colleagues at KATH, who have embarked on an industrial action over the posting of two clinical haematologists to the laboratory unit at the health facility.

The latest regions to join are the Greater Accra, Eastern and Oti. The rest are North East, Upper West and Northern Regions.

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

The lab scientists at KATH had been on a one-week sit-down strike before the declaration of the indefinite strike on Thursday. They have vowed to call off the strike only if the two are withdrawn from the hospital’s laboratory unit.

But already, members of the Association in some other regions including Bono, Bono East, Savannah, Central, and Ashanti, have all backed their colleagues at KATH.

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has warned that it will be forced to react if either the government or the management of KATH heeds the demands of the lab scientists.

The Ministry of Health has appealed to the lab scientists to call off the strike.