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Pharmacists vow to continue strike action

Pharmacists in government hospitals have vowed to remain on strike until they are migrated onto the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS).

Mr Robert Incoom, General Secretary of the Government and Hospital Pharmacist Association (GHOSPA), addressing a press conference at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, said “there is no turning back”.

He warned that all emergency pharmaceutical services would be withdrawn by the end of Tuesday, September 11, to send a powerful signal that they could not be taken for granted.

He insisted that their migration onto the SSSS must be based on two conditions – scores from the job evaluation exercise and level of placement approved by the Ghana Health Service Council.

Mr Incoom said they also wanted investigations into the circumstances that led to disparities in their job evaluation scores to the extent that some of them were earning the paltry sum of less than GH¢100.00 a month.

He encouraged members of the Association across the country to be resolute and refused to be intimidated or frightened by health care managers out there to frustrate their legitimate fight for fair treatment.

The pharmacists laid-down their tools on September 4, to protest anomalies in their migration to the new pay structure.

Reacting to the strike, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) described the action as neither here nor there saying, GHOSPA members should rather go to the National Labour Commission to be placed back on the SSSS as the way forward.

“Having sought the suspension or reversal of the migration of members of the GHOSPA on to the SSSS (Single Spine and Salary Structure), all GHOSPA needs to do to is to write back to the NLC to be put back on to the SSSS,” the Commission said.

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