The Ghana Medical Association has revealed that about 500 medical doctors are stuck at home because government has not given financial clearance for them to be absorbed into the system, and they fear the country might lose some of them to foreign countries if urgent steps are not taken to ensure they are employed.
President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Frank Ankobeah said the question of financial clearance ought not to arise at all since there is already a shortage of medical doctors in the system, adding that the doctor-patient ratio presently stands at 1 doctor to 8 thousand patients.
‘’And I can confidently say in some regions it is even worse, the ratio stands at 1 doctor to 30 thousand patients and so this is not even something the government should think twice about. We need their services and the issue of financial clearance shouldn’t stand in the way at all’’ he said.
Dr. Ankobeah is afraid any further delays would result in the loss of the unemployed doctors to foreign countries, adding that in such a situation, it is the Ghanaian tax payer who would be short-changed.
‘’When they get frustrated and leave the country in search of jobs elsewhere or accept job offers somewhere else, it is the tax payers who are short-changed because it is our hard earned cash they used in training them an these are highly skilled people. So we should be careful not to lose them to others who are waiting with open arms to receive them’’ he added.