Members of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) have accused the Ghana Medical Association of working against their interest.
A statement signed by Dennis Adu-Gyasi, Public Relations Officer of the GAMLS said the leadership of the GMA are frustrating efforts to get the government to implement a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government and the association.
The statement said: “It is with much pain and regrets that we inform members of the injustices meted out to professionals and the practice of Medical Laboratory Science in Ghana by the Minister and Ministry of Health (MoH). The Minister of Health, Hon Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has responded to a call by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) to discuss contents of the Memorandum of Understanding that Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) signed with the MoH that enabled the group suspend the labour unrest carried out on the 28th of May 2018.
“In an invitation letter that we have sighted and which was signed by the Hon Minister on 13 June 2018, inviting various heads of agencies to discuss our MOU, it was surprising to note that the GMA, a professional body which has nothing to do with our MOU, was invited while the GAMLS, the professional body that is signatory to the MOU was NOT invited. This action vindicates the petition of GAMLS all along that there have been undercurrent dealings and conspiracies against the training, regulation, growth of our profession and development; and delivery of quality medical laboratory services in Ghana.
“Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) has reliably intercepted a letter written by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) dated 9th June 2018 to oppose the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) GAMLS signed with the MoH. GMA, the unseen force that suppressed and continue to hinder the progress and development of the Medical Laboratory Science practice as a distinct profession in Ghana, has finally surfaced, resisting the implementation of an MoU we signed with the MoH.”