Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr Justice Yankson says although doctors are back to work, they did so with trepidation.

“A lot of them [doctors] are going back with reservations and heavy heart”, Dr. Yankson told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host Kojo Yankson, Monday.

 “What people should understand is that when people who everyone wants to slave for this country are not happy, sometimes output might not be the best and that is a fact”, he added.

Members of the GMA called off their three-week long strike last Friday.

The doctors had gone on strike to demand negotiated, documented and signed conditions of service, vowing not to return to work until they obtained same.

Government described the strike as illegal and called on the doctors to return to work.

When all these failed, the Health Ministry decided to engage the services of retired and Cuban doctors who were on rotation in the country.

But after pleas from eminent Ghanaians and religious groups, the GMA decided to call off the strike.

Dr Yankson said the fight for their conditions of service is however not over.

“We are very much aware of the past and we know how government has treated some of these things especially when there is no pressure, but we will still continue to corporate with government and monitor to see how committed the employer is”.

He added that “until we have that document signed it is not over because we are very resolute on this issue and it is now or never, this struggle has just begun”.

Meanwhile, visits to some public hospitals by Joy News correspondents across the country indicate that the doctors have reported to work.

In the Volta Region, Ivy Setordzi reports from the Ho Municipal Hospital, the doctors have started attending to patients.

At the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Francis Abban reports that the doctors were yet to report at the time of his visit but a lot of patients were “anxiously waiting”.

At the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Erastus Asare Donkor says patients were started trooping in very early in the morning and doctors were also available to attend to them.

 

 

 

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