The Ghana Medical and Dental Council (GMDC) is expected to soon withdraw Dr Sulley Ali-Gabass’ professional license from its register.
This will be in line with the Health Professional Regulatory Bodies Act, Act 857 section 37(c) which provides that where a health practitioner is sentenced to a term of imprisonment for a criminal offence, the matter will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee of the council to look into before revoking his or her license.
The Council’s move follows his conviction by an Accra Circuit Court for defilement.
Dr. Ali-Gabass, who worked at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi, was last Monday sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment after an Accra Circuit Court found him guilty of defiling a 16-year-old male student.
Speaking to Fifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa show on Kasapa 102.3 FM Wedesday, Dr Eli Atikpui stated that the process involved the issue being forwarded to a Penal Cases Committee to find out whether or not the practitioner had a case to answer.
He noted that the case will be forwarded to the Disciplinary Committee of the council only when a prima facie case had been made against the practitioner.
Dr Eli Atikpui further stated that in Ali-Gabass’ case, he had been convicted and sentenced to prison and his matter would no longer go through the Penal Cases Committee but would be forwarded to the Disciplinary Committee for its sanctions.
He however added that if he should win his appeal case, then the Ghana Medical and Dental Council will initiate the process to have his license restored.