Biomedical scientists at Korle Bu deny abuse against GMA members

Biomedical scientists at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital have rejected accusations by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) that they are abusing doctors at laboratories in the Hospital.

The GMA in a statement accused the scientists of preventing them from practicing at the laboratories. They claim the biomedical scientists have been threatening them both physically and verbally.

The doctors have threatened to withdraw their services if hospital management does not intervene.

Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Justice Yankson in an interview with Joy News said the attitude of the biomedical scientists is ridiculous.

“Laboratory physicians who are doctors and have gone into that specialist area of medical practice ought to be given the freehand to practice their profession.

“They have been in the hospital all this while so we find it a bit preposterous that suddenly biomedical scientists – most of whom were even thought by these same medical doctors who are specialist in laboratory science and have worked in some instances for 20 or more years with the hospital – suddenly these biomedical scientists are saying the lab belongs to them and the doctors have no space at all in that facility,” Dr Yankson said.

The attitude of the biomedical scientists in Dr Yankson’s view is wrong, adding “this is clear impunity.”

However, General Secretary of the Biomedical Scientists Association, Michael Amo Oware denies the allegations against them.

He said there is not problem between the biomedical scientists and the doctors.

“Laboratory scientists in Korle Bu are making a demand and among the demand are that we don’t want any medical officer to head our department.

“There has never been any physical or verbal abuse,” he added.

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