21.12.2007 Health

Director General Calls For Proper Analysis Of Current Health Services Structure

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The Director General of Ghana Health Services (GHS), Dr Alias Sory has called for the shedding off of the old thinking in the analysis of the qualifications, responsibilities and rewards of the various groups in the GHS to help to remove the gaps in the salary structure which had been the basis for recent tensions in the Service.
He said the situation where the medical officer was the only degree holder and shouldered almost all the burden in the health delivery with the other health staff being mere auxiliary staff with no qualifications or at best certificate holders had changed and now there were other health staff holding their doctorate degrees in their professions just like the medical officer and equally shouldered great responsibilities in the provision of health services.
Dr Sory was speaking at the formal opening ceremony of 31st Annual Conference of the Association of Health Service Administrators of Ghana(AHSAG) at Koforidua last  Monday.
The four-day conference is being attended by health administrators throughout the country and is being organized under the theme: '50 years of Health Service Administration and Management in Ghana; Achievement Challenges and Prospects.'
Dr Sory reminded health workers that in the current situation any further demand for salary increase would mean that either other sectors of the economy would suffer or some sectors within the health service would have to be sacrificed for the funds for development of those areas to be diverted towards the payment of salaries.
He said under the current situation, the best alternative was for health workers to efficiently manage their resources and to improve upon their service to be able to generate more resources to support their system and to have extra that could be used to improve upon their conditions of service.

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