- December 14, 2021
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We don’t care, gov’t has nothing to lose- Health minister Aceng responds to striking medical workers
The Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has fired back at striking medical workers saying the government will not in any way try to negotiate with them on their ongoing strike.
According to Aceng, interns who are not interested in “working” should go ahead and vacate hospital premises, same as those who are interested in joining them.
“We must take note that internship is a training period, it is not work and they are not public servants, so they are free to take a decision not to train it is up to them because if they don’t train, they will delay their registration period to become medical workers,” Dr. Aceng said.
“They stand to lose; it is them not us. We do not lose anything when someone does not train. My advice to them is to stop misbehaving,” Aceng added.
According to Dr. Aceng, everything that was demanded by the interns was committed to by the government and is in the pipeline.
“The supplementary they asked for has passed through the process and will be wired to them when ready (maybe in a week’s time or so), so any normal human being should go and finish their internship, it is to their own advantage. Those who are not willing should leave our premises, they are doing nothing there,” she said.
The over 500 striking interns have since been given one week to vacate government hospitals in order to pave way for new interns that are due for deployment next year.
The minister has now advised the interns to stop misbehaving and wait for the government to fulfill its promises.
Aceng meanwhile says the ministry is not bothered by other doctors including the senior house officers who have decided to join the Doctors and interns strike.