Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said he supports the principle of banning medical trips abroad for public officials particularly the political class.
His comment comes after his critics bashed him on social media for his incessant criticism of President Akufo-Addo for using a luxurious private jet during his trips abroad at the nationâ€™s expense but has remained quiet on the medical trips of the Speaker of Parliament abroad particular in Dubai.
To the critics, Mr Ablakwa said: â€œThe day Speaker Bagbin uses a private jet at taxpayer expense, you can be assured in all sincerity and humility that he wonâ€™t escape my tracking system and stern condemnation.â€
â€œAlso, on medical trips abroad for public officials, particularly the political class â€” I pray for the day we can ban the practice for all including the President, Vice President, Speaker, Deputy Speakers, MPs, First and Second Ladies, Ministers, Presidential Staffers, Special Assistants, etc.,â€ he added.
Mr Ablakwa recalled that the NPP promised to ban the tradition of medical treatment abroad for public officials in its 2000 Manifesto, some 22 years ago, but â€œit appears they abandoned the pledge when they won the 2000 elections.â€
He noted that it is most unfair to single out Speaker Bagbin and accuse him [Ablakwa] for being hypocritical â€œespecially when we havenâ€™t criticised the many others for embarking on medical travels abroad.â€
He called for a frank and open discussion on the state of Ghanaâ€™s healthcare delivery, confidentiality of all patients regardless of status and how â€œwe can insist that those responsible for public health policies patronise what we create for the masses.â€
This, he said must be a bigger, sincere, patriotic discourse and not something that the speaker must be singled out for.
Mr Ablakwa noted these in a Facebook post on Tuesday, 5 April 2022.