End Doctors' Strike, Say Ghana's Bishops

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ghana has appealed to the nation’s doctors to return to work and save lives, after nearly a month-long strike. Members of the Ghana Medical Association withdrew outpatient services and suspended emergency services on April 8 over issues related to salaries and pensions. “While we want our doctors to receive adequate remuneration for their work, we do not want human lives to be lost as a result of this strike. It is our sincere hope that our brothers and sisters of the medical profession will listen to this appeal in good faith and return to work while negotiations continue,” the bishops said on April 29. The bishops also encouraged all sides to refrain from using inflammatory language. They said they believed that “what constitutes remuneration commensurate with the work of the doctors in our country is something that should be determined through negotiations, taking into account the labor laws of the country.”

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