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PERCEIVED ROLE CONFLICTS WITH LABORATORY PHYSICIANS AND OTHER SCIENTISTS IN GHANA

The practice of Medical Laboratory Science (Biomedical Science) in Ghana faced several challenges in an era where there was no regulation. The absence of regulation created a phenomenon where individuals who had completed qualifications in Oceanography, Chemical Engineering, Natural Resources, Chemistry, Physics, Botany, Science Laboratory and other Basic sciences and some without any qualifications were employed in both public and private facilities as Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) professionals sometimes with or without any form of professional orientation or training. The lack of regulation further promoted the proliferation of substandard Medical Laboratories as though they were mushrooms, without regard for professional competence and client safety and standards of practice.  The passage of the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies ACT, 2013 (ACT 857) by Parliament and assented to by the President of Ghana in 2013 was to address all the above challenges.

 Read More in the GABMLS Position Paper on The Profession of Medical Laboratory Science’s perceived role conflicts with ‘Laboratory Physicians’ in Ghana