The Ghana Association of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists, the umbrella body of laboratory technicians, and assistant laboratory technicians has made a damning revelation about medical doctors, that they direct innocent patients to private laboratories for laboratory test instead of the internal laboratory of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in the Ashanti Region for tokens.
According to the Association, doctors over the years have been shunning laboratory tests done internally by laboratory technicians of the teaching hospital for tests done outside the hospital.
Doctors have been directing patients to visit private laboratories such as Lanscet, Medical just to mention a few in the region for medical laboratory tests for them to get their usual tokens.
The Association revealed that this so because of the tokens the medical doctors get from some of these private laboratory facilities.
At the end of the month, some of these doctors get their tokens from the private laboratory facilities for directing patients to their facilities to the detriment of the internal laboratory of the hospital.
Dr Denis Adu Gyasi, the Publics Relation Officer(PRO) of Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists made this damning revelation about the doctors at KATH speaking in an interview on Accra-based Okay FM’s morning show on the issue of the strike action by members of the group over the decision by the management of KATH to have doctors supervise their test results.
As laboratory practitioners, we belong to the Allied Health Professionals Council and the doctors belong to the Ghana Medical Council so why should doctors be made to supervise the work of the laboratory practitioners at KATH, he fumes.
He said doctors are creating this confusion in the health sector to enable them to have a field day of referring laboratory works to the private laboratories to enable them to continue having their tokens at the end of the month.
He said the doctors are contesting that a test done at the internal laboratories may not be admitted until it is certified by a doctor at the laboratory.
'We are professionals in our own field so why should a doctor be made to certify our work before it is admitted as the true reflection of the test on a patient, he said.
It is this caveat, that members of the Association are striking over adding that it is about time the Ministry of Health comes clear on the said matter.
He noted that the work of laboratory technicians started in 1973 when there was no governing council until 2013 that members started getting accreditation from the Allied Health Professionals Council.
We are professionals in our own field and we don't need supervision from doctors, he said.
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