More than 65 Liberian doctors, comprising senior and junior doctors, are unhappy with the delay of their two-month salary, and are expected to have a ‘consensus’ meeting today.
According to reports, hospitals (including emergency wards), health centers and clinics are expected to be partially empty as a result. The meeting is expected to take place on 9th Street in Sinkor at 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Jonathan M. Hart, one of the organizers, told the Daily Observer that the meeting will conclude with a position statement that would request the government to make full payment of their arrears.
“We will also request a major stakeholders’ meeting with the Country Representatives of the World Health Organization, World Bank, as well as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the leadership of the House of Representatives,” Dr. Hart said.
He added: “The John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, the largest and most important public medical facility in this troubled country, may be the epicenter if there is any strike action by doctors.”
Dr. Paye Gbamie of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital and Dr. Patrick Kamara of Senje Health Center are also expected to attend today’s meeting.
“We’ve been left to rot,” said a medical doctor who begged not to be named. “Since September, we have not cared for our families; our children are out of school, and this is inhumane.”
Meanwhile, there are also reports that the doctors would also protest against chronic shortages of basic medical supplies, poor pay, and unsafe working conditions.
Nurses and support staff of hospitals and medical centers are also expected to join the doctors in their demand for improved pay and better working conditions.