Evening News Roundup For Monday, August 10, 2015

Doctors

14 doctors sacked for striking.

Fourteen juniour doctors and seniour house officers have been sacked from the Holy Family Hospital in Techiman.

  • The National Catholic Health Service took the decision to sack the doctors because they partook in the ongoing strike by Government doctors across the country.
  • The doctors have been on strike for more than two weeks now, protesting Government’s failure to agree to a document on their conditions of service.
  • In a letter to the Ghana Medical Association, the Catholic Health Service explained their action:

In line with our convention, inspired by Christian values, ethics and identity, we are obliged and restraint from embarking upon strike action to resolve matters of such nature. Their [the doctors] decision further contravenes the policy guidelines for House Officers training as circulated to us by your office. Consequently, management finds the actions of the House Officers as a breach of these principles and thus undesirable in our system.”

Fire Disaster

Another body of a June 3rd victim found.

The decomposed body of a man was found near the June 3rd disaster zone.
This brings to 155 the number of bodies found after the GOIL filling station explosion two months ago in Accra.

  • The body was found by residents who complained of a foul smell emanating from the Bediako Brother House where a pharmacy is located. They went into the shop, found the body of the man and alerted city authorities.
  • The place was fumigated before the body was collected.
  • Authorities say the body should be buried immediately since it is in an advanced stage of decomposition.
  • The report released last week by the committee set up to investigate the disaster attributes it to a man who dropped a smouldering cigarette into flood waters that had mixed with fuel.
  • It is believed that more bodies could still be found at the burnt shop where the latest body was found. The interior of the shop was described as dark, and it will take time for a search party to conduct a thorough search of the premises.

Gavel

Court clears GBC to collect TV licence fees.

An Accra High Court has given the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) the go-ahead to collect TV licence fees as planned.

  • This means all households will soon be paying GH₵36 per year per TV.
  • The state broadcaster was dragged to court by former CEO of VRA, Dr. Charles Wereko Brobby, and others who prayed the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining GBC or its assigns from collecting the TV licence fees.
  • But for the suit, the state broadcaster would have started collecting the fees from August 1, 2015.
  • The plaintiffs also raised issues with the formula by which the GBC intends to share the money to be accrued as a result of collecting the fees, saying it violated LI226, NRCD 89 and NLCD 226 of the 2014 Fees and Charges (Amendment) Instrument.
  • While the court gave GBC the power to collect the fees, it ordered the State broadcaster to suspend any intended disbursement which was to be allocated to the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association and a Government-sponsored Media Development Fund.
  • That aspect of the case will be revisited by the court at a later date.
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