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Health News of Monday, 19 October 2015


Unemployed Nurses & Midwives will be posted by Friday – Govt

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Government has assured the over 6,000 unemployed nurses and midwives of being posted to health institutions across the country by the close of this week.

The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, who addressed the aggrieved nurses when they picketed at the Flagstaff House Monday, 19th October, assured them of their financial clearance and postings being completed by Friday.

But the National President of the group, Emmanuel Geyevo, in an interview with Kasapa News, has vowed that the group will not accept any further assurances from government should it fail to honour its promises as said, adding that they have had enough of such promises.

He said the past two years of their stay at home has resulted in most of them securing loans with high-interest rates just to make ends meet while others have had to embarrassingly depend on their relatives.

Over 40 of the nurses and midwives stormed the seat of government to demand explanation why the Ministry of Health has refused to post them two years after completing school.

However, the Accra Regional Police Command prevented them from picketing at the Flagstaff House in Accra explaining that the venue is a security zone, also for the fact that the leadership of the group failed to notify police of their intention.

They cordoned off the Flagstaff House leaving the nurses and midwives with no option than to gather at the bus stop opposite the Flagstaff House.

The aggrieved nurses, made up of psychiatric nurses, enrolled nurses, midwives, general nurses and community nurses, completed their training in 2013 and 2014 but have since been neglected by the Ministry of Health.

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