More than 1,000 doctors compelled to stay home after completing housemanship

After finishing their housemanship, more than 1,000 junior doctors apparently had to remain at home.



The Ghana Medical Association and the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health have both corroborated reports to this effect.


According to reports, due to the government’s challenges in increasing revenue, the Finance Ministry has not given the necessary financial sanction for the impacted doctors to be awarded permanent jobs, therefore they will remain unemployed for the time being.

Dr. Sebastian Ngmenenso Sandaare, a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health, called the situation regrettable.


He stated during an interview with Accra-based TV3 that although the nation is in dire need of doctors, they are now being sent home due to a lack of cash to hire them.


Dr. Justice Yankson, the president of the GMA, stated that the association is extremely concerned about the predicament.


He clarified that the issue is being addressed by involving the appropriate stakeholders.

“It’s something that is of concern to us and we have been working with the Ministry of Health and Finance to find a way out of the unfortunate arrangements in place currently. It all has to do with the issue of financial clearance and processes they will have to go through,” he noted.


Dr Yankson added that the young doctors are getting frustrated and if the situation is not resolved most of them will also join the long list of medical professionals who are leaving the country.


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