THE MINISTER of Health, Alban Bagbin has disclosed that the health sector has 75 different professions so people should drop the erroneous impression that only doctors and nurses are the major players in that sector.

?Clinicians are not the only ones the health service relies upon to deliver high quality care. If an army marches on its stomach, then the health service depends on strong financial management to survive,? he added.

Mr. Bagbin made these remarks while addressing the 4th Annual Conference of the Health Accounting Staff Association of Ghana (HASAG) in Takoradi recently.

It was on the theme ?Improving Financial Management Systems in the Face of Dwindling Resources in the Health Sector.?

The minister noted that quality healthcare delivery could not be attained when the financial management system was not working efficiently. Consequently, his ministry had put in place a reliable and efficient accounting system in the health sector, he said.

He prevailed upon HASAG to find alternative ways of creating revenue and commended the association for its hard work and patience despite delays and disparities migrating their members onto the Single Spine Salary Structure.

?Take a critical view in improving on revenue generation and try to avoid waste. I doff my hat off for the association?s exemplary leadership, maturity and patience at a time when the integrity of the health sector is getting eroded because of strikes.?  

He entreated health workers to see each other as members of a team and not as competitors or opponents and briefed them on public financial management reforms which he said was at an advanced stage.

Justice Y. M. Ahorlu, National President of HASAG called on the Fair Wages and Salary Commission (FWSC) to reverse the discrimination and strange classification of ?clinical and non-clinical staff? which resulted in disparities in members? salaries.

He warned that ?we have been restraining our members all this time. But the attitude of the FWSC is pushing us to the wall and if there are no interventions, the health sector will experience an unprecedented and gargantuan industrial action??   

From Sam Mark Essien, Takoradi

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