Vice President of certified Anesthetists, Mr. James Wansangla, has disclosed that they have embarked on strike due to the amendment of the Health Professionals Regulatory Body’s 2013, Act 857 which its regulator, Ghana Medical and Dental Council and the Ministry of Health (MoH) have forwarded to parliament.

According to him, they will continue to assist only emergency cases but from 15th April, 2019 they won’t attend to any case until Ministry of Health and Ghana Medical and Dental Council discard the amendment of this Act.

They seek to change our name from certified Anesthetists to Physicians Assistant and the scope of work, he lamented.

Speaking to Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said we want the government to acknowledge them as Certified Registered Anaesthetists.

They are currently known as Physician Assistant-Anaesthesia, which they say was “forced on them” by the Medical and Dental Council.

He disclosed on the show that they have sighted a copy of a draft amendment Bill “championed by the MDC on behalf of the Ministry of Health to changed the name from [Certified Registered Anesthetists] to [Physician Assistants-Anaesthesia].”

He said the development has “generated a state of unrest among the rank and file of our members in the country.”

The association also complained about the draft amendment’s lack of regard for their carrier progression and the lack of management opportunities for its members.

Anaesthetists are known as advanced practice nurses who administer anaesthesia for surgery or other medical procedures.

They work in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists, and other professionals to ensure the safe administration of anaesthesia.

Anaesthesia is the administration of medication to allow medical procedures to be done without pain, and in some cases, without the patient being aware during the procedure.

“As Anesthetists we have our own condition of service and bargaining power. We can fight for ourselves we don’t need to be physician assistants. Some medical doctors don’t know the nature of our work,” he added.

Mr. James Wasangla said “since the inception of Act 857 in 2013, the Medical Council has failed to adhere to it, we took the Council and Ministry of Health to the Labor Commission and we won the case, but it still persisted that the Council was not ready for it implementation of the Act”.

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