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Anesthetists’ Strike: Effia-Nkwanta Hospital To Move Surgery Cases To 37 Military Hospital

The Administrator of the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi, Michael Danson has said the hospital will from today, Monday, 3rd February have no choice but to transfer most surgical cases to the 37 Military Hospital if the striking Anesthetists continue their strike.

The administrator of the main referral hospital in the Western Region said all the eight Anesthetists at the hospital have been on strike since Saturday.

He said the specialist who can do the work of Anesthetists cannot handle all surgical operations,thus the hospital will from today begin to transfer surgical cases to Effia-Nkwanta.

“We have eight certified Anesthetists now at the hospital at the moment and on Friday, 31st January 2020, until the industrial action, the news came a bit late so they worked. So it was on Saturday we were told they have embarked on full strike action but there were no surgeries on that day so we are yet to see the full impact of their strike today.”

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The Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anesthetists is meeting with the government today, 3rd February 2020 to address the situation.

Background

Members of the Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anesthetists’ laid down their tools on Friday, January 31, 2020.

The decision to declare an indefinite strike, according to the group is to protest the refusal of the Medical and Dental Council to rescind its decision to change the group’s name to Physician Assistants.

The association further stated that the Medical and Dental Council’s approach of introducing a new curriculum for their training in a bid to change the already existing Bachelor of Science Anesthesia to Bachelor of Science Physician Assistants is a clear violation of the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act 857 (Act 2013).

—citinewsroom