Anaesthetists On Strike Over Designation Change
The Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anaesthetists (CRAs) has announced the complete withdrawal of services of its members effective Saturday, January 1, 2022.
The group had earlier warned of this action if the Ministry of Health does not facilitate a revision of their designation from ‘Certified Registered Anaesthetists’ to ‘Physician Assistants.’
In a letter co-signed by the President, James Nwinsagra and General Secretary, Frederick K. Kporxah explained that a strike has become necessary because per their current designation, “members don’t hold a license to practice.”
Silence from the sector ministry and relevant authorities further emboldened the group to lay down their tools.
“The Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anaesthetists (GACRA) have not received any response to the requests in its letter dated December 4, 2021.”
“GACRA submitted another letter in relation to the above subject matter on December 20, 2021, with a directive from the National Labour Commission (NLC) in a letter dated the same day and also a directive from the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR), have all not received any attention,” CRA stated in a letter dated December 31, 2021.
The anaesthetists say, they will not provide any service until the Ministry of Health addresses their concern.
“The inability of the CRAs to provide anaesthesia services is indefinite until a determination is made by the Ministry of Health,” the letter added.
Find below a copy of the statement: