The Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anaesthetists (GACRA) has called on the government to consider setting up an independent regulatory body that would regulate the activities relating to Certified Registered Anaesthetists (CRAs) and Physician Assistants in the country.
The group believes that the establishment of such an autonomous body would go a long way to enhance the gains from professional Anaesthesia that remains vital to health care delivery.
In a statement signed by the National President of the group, Wumbei Mbuer Jacob, to mark the World Anaesthesia Day in Accra, the GACRA prayed the government not to amend the Health Profession Regulatory Bodies Act 2013, Act 857 to change their name from Certified Registered Anaesthetist to Physicians.
According to the statement, such a change, would derail the gains that have been made by the profession, and also result in anaesthetists losing their identity.
It assured the government of it continuous support in the area of policy directions and urged the government to provide the needed equipment and facilities to enhance the work of their members across health facilities.
“GACRA seeks to partner with government in all its policies direction. GACRA will not lose sight of what government has already done in the past, and we commend government for that,” it said.
It however noted that with the complexity of disease pattern coupled with increasing population, which increases the burden on health care providers even in the face of existing overstressed facilities, “GACRA will keep monitoring its members to ensure that there is a direct relationship between the services they provide and quality of care outcome.”
Benjamin Nana Appiah/adrdaily.com