August 4, 2015

Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe, is baffled at the attacks on the General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) Dr Frank Serebuor for calling a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) an “idiot”.

According to Simon Osei-Mensah, insult is now synonymous to government communicators thus wonders why they were hurt when the GMA scribe only gave them a dose of their own medicine.

Dr. Serebuor has come under a barrage of attacks after he lashed out at a government communicator for accusing the GMA of declaring a strike to please their political pay masters.

Yeboah Boateng on Accra-based radio station, Hot FM on Friday, July 31, 2015, urged the striking doctors to to quit their jobs because “we are tired of them.”

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

In a rebuttal, a livid Dr Serebuor lashed out at Yeboah for insulting their integrity.

“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.

This has generated a lot of controversy with many demanding an unqualified apology from Dr. Serebuor which he has vehemently declined.

Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday, the Bosomtwe MP said though the insults were harsh, he believes the NDC communicators deserve it.

He wondered why they are complaining when Dr. Serebuor only played their own tune to them.

“What kind of insults have we not endured from these NDC communicators, and today they are complaining because they were answered appropriately…wow, it really tells that every executioner fears to lie down facing the skies…,” he said.

Simon Osei-Mensah said the striking doctors cannot be blamed because government failed to address their concerns.

He said the incessant industrial strikes are symptoms of mismanagement of the economy by the Mahama-led administration.

“This is sickening; what is happening is due to the mismanagement, incompetence and total failure of the leadership of John Mahama” he stressed.

Hon. Osei-Mensah urged government to as a matter of urgency conclude negotiations on the conditions of service to prevent any chaos in the health sector.