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I Don’t Regret Idiot Comment – GMA Scribe


Dr Frank SerebuorI Don’t Regret Idiot Comment – GMA Scribe

04 August 2015

General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Frank Serebuor, has stated emphatically that he does not regret calling a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) communication team an “idiot,” and will not apologise for it.


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“I don’t regret what I said and I will not apologise or retract my comments,” he said on Peace FM’s morning show programme, ‘Kokrokoo’.

Doctors across the country have embarked on a strike to demand better conditions of service.

They have shown a clear intent to resign en masse if government does not provide them with appropriate conditions of service.

The situation has generated a lot of discussions in the media as several hospitals have started turning away patients due to the absence of doctors.

During a discussion on Accra-based radio station, Hot FM, on Friday, July 31, 2015, Dr Serebuor lashed out at Yeboah Boateng for accusing the president of the GMA of instigating the strike by doctors for political reasons.

Yeboah Boateng queried, “Is Dr Poku-Adusei, who has risen through the ranks to become the President of GMA, telling us that he doesn’t know what is in their contract? They should quit the job. We are tired of them. I am serious about what I am saying.”

He claimed that the GMA is “doing this to make sure their private hospitals can flourish,” and described their demands as outrageous.

“Some doctors even take salaries more than high court judges, yet they are still complaining. They are not being fair to teachers who developed them to become doctors. It is not even about salary but rather end of service benefits; and they are on strike.”

Dr Serebuor, in a sharp rebuttal, said among other things, that “For all you know, this idiot in your studio receives free fuel, free call credit and free accommodation. Which public sector doctor has free accommodation? We pay rent to the government,”

“Tell that idiot in the studio that he is not the one who decides what we should do. We decide for ourselves what we should do. If he is tired of us he can go anywhere and chew leaves which are also medicinal,” he fumed.

He added, “It is sad that we have to do this to ourselves. I’m not sure all the doctors own private hospitals. Even the law does not allow you to work in the public sector and still own a medical facility of any kind. Occasionally, some doctors will use their free time to go and practise in some private hospitals but not all doctors.”

Dr Serebuor said he wouldn’t apologise over the comments because “I was provoked.”

Although he agreed that his comment was out of place and uncomplimentary, he stressed that “at a point in time, you need to let people know that you can descend to their level.

“I won’t say anything like that again but I don’t regret saying it…I am not bothered about the reactions.”

Source: myjoyonline



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