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Writ against Ghana doctors withdrawn

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LawMr Listowell Kusi Poku, the General Secretary of the United Front Party, who filed a writ against striking doctors, has withdrawn it.

This was made known when Mr Poku’s Counsel, Mr Oliver Abada told the court that he had filed a notice of the withdrawal because one of the reliefs his clients was seeking had been met.

Plaintiff in a writ filed at the court in August this year, found the conduct of the GMA as “quite disturbing in view of the crucial role medical doctors play in any nation’s life, and wondered if a strike action should not be the last resort, especially since it has not heard of any negotiations between the Government or its representatives which has broken down, hence the strike”.

The doctors have since last Friday resumed work.

Mr Gary Nimako Marfo, who represented the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), noted that the Plaintiff had wasted the court time hence punitive cost should be awarded against him for acting as “a busy body”.

According to Mr Marfo, the plaintiff was pursuing a political agenda and not in the interest of the public

Mr Abada however disagreed with Mr Marfo saying the plaintiff brought the writ for the sake of public interest.

The GMA had gone a three-week strike over stalled negotiations on their conditions of service.

The doctors had refused to yield to pressure to resume work and go back to the negotiation table, as they stuck to their road map which could soon see them resigning en masse.

They however called off the strike last week Friday and resume work at most health facilities in the country.

Source: GNA

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