Frontage of KATH

The leadership of the Ghana Federation of Allied Health Professions (GFAHP) has described the decision by Management of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to post two uncertified physicians to work in medical laboratories as “illegal, unnecessary and uncalled for.

“The attempt to undermine the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies (HPRB) Act, 2013, Act 857 and Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC), will be resisted by all allied health professionals in this country,” GFAHP said in a statement.

The GFAHP explained that this, “is a repeat of what happened in Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital years back, which resulted in a confrontation between the staff of Central Laboratory Services and some physicians.”

The Group further expressed their disappointment with the Ghana Medical Association’s statement on the matter which they say supported the illegality.

“For the avoidance of doubt, according to both part one (AHPC) and part two (MDC) of Act 857, no health professional can practice in any medical laboratory in this country without certification by AHPC,” they added.

They thus demanded of the Management of KATH to do everything possible “to resolve this by respecting the uniqueness of all health professions in the hospital in order to forestall an escalation of the current impasse.”

They also called on the Ministry of Health to “intervene and remind the Management of KATH to respect all health professions to ensure industrial harmony.”

“The Management of KATH needs to ensure collective efforts and respect for all professionals in the health sector. The leadership of GFAHP wishes to inform its members to hold themselves in readiness for the next line of action,” they reiterated.