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Junior doctors at KATH embark on strike

 Kumasi, June 2, GNA – Junior doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi on Tuesday began an indefinite strike to demand the payment of their salaries which had been in arrears for the last nine months.

 Kumasi, June 2, GNA – Junior doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi on Tuesday began an indefinite strike to demand the payment of their salaries which had been in arrears for the last nine months.

     The action has partially affected health care delivery, especially at the consulting room five of the polyclinic, where pregnant women are treated.
     Most of the expectant women, who were there for consultations and treatment were left stranded as the doctors refused to attend to them.  
     Dr Michael Boateng, the President of the House Officers told journalists that, they would remain on strike until all arrears were paid to them.
     He said members have become financially stressed due to the failure of the Ministry of Health to pay them their due salaries for the last nine months.
     However, a source at the Public Relations Unit told the Ghana News Agency that, the hospital authorities have put in place contingency measures to reduce the impact of the strike actions on the patients.
     He said In-patients were being taken care of while emergency cases were being referred to some senior doctors and consultants.

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