Health Ministry fails to employ bonded nurses, midwives despite 2018 deadline

Health Ministry fails to employ bonded nurses, midwives despite 2018 deadline

Unemployed bonded nurses and midwives in the country are still distraught over government’s failure to give them financial clearance for permanent em

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Unemployed bonded nurses and midwives in the country are still distraught over government’s failure to give them financial clearance for permanent employment.

This comes after the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, promised in September 2018 that the unemployed bonded nurses and midwives will receive their appointment letters by the end of 2018.

But as at 1st January 2019, the affected health workers say they are yet to receive their clearance.

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The immediate past president of the Ghana Nurses and Midwifery Trainees Association, Batiah Santi,  said the current situation indicates that the ministry only deceived them with the promises.

“As it stands now, I will say it was just a statement the Minister of Health put across to keep our nerves calm. No clearance has been given or it is there to prove so it is a lie and for that matter, we say that it is just the reassurances that the Minister gives to us.

This traumatizes the unemployed nurses and midwives. In a whole year, no single nurse or midwife has been employed at all. Our recent follow up was last Thursday, and there is still no clearance for us.

When other groups go to Ministry they are given empty reassurances. We now have two batches behind us also waiting for clearance,” he said.

Following a series of protests by the bonded nurses and midwives over government’s inability to offer them employment, the Minister of Health, Kweku Agyeman Manu stated at the mid-year performance review of the Nursing and Midwifery Council that plans are far advanced to ensure the nurses are posted by the end of 2018 But that appears not to have happened.

The unemployed bonded nurses and midwives are not the only health group that has been protesting over unemployment.

Many others have also staged various protests including picketing and sleeping over at the premises of the Health Ministry to demand their postings.

Many others have also staged various protests including picketing and sleeping over at the premises of the Health Ministry to demand their postings.

The Ministry has consistently given the excuse that it has not been given clearance to recruit the agitating trainees.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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