Nurses at the Cape Coast Metro Hospital have threatened to lay down their tools in a week if safety concerns at the hospital are not addressed.
The nurses are appealing to management of the facility to pay more attention to the security of staff.
In a letter addressed to the management of the hospital, concerned nurses of the hospital lament the numerous attacks staff have suffered from robbers and hoodlums who rob them off their valuables and injure them in the process.
According to the nurses, staff who are on night duties are usually left at the mercy of these criminals as there are no security measures in place to protect them.
Illumination at the facility at night according to the nurses leaves much to be desired.
The nurses say criminals take advantage of the poor lighting system and the absence of security personnel at the facility to attack them at any given opportunity with some being raped in the process.
The concerned staff are threatening to abandon the night shifts if management of the facility fails to provide security during nights.
They are also appealing to management to allow the facility’s vehicle to pick nurses on night duty and send those who come for afternoon shifts home after their shifts end.
In the letter sighted by Ultimate News, the concerned nurses indicate that if these requests are not met by management, the night shifts will not only be abandoned but the afternoon shifts will also not travel beyond 6pm and would also demonstrate at the end of week ultimatum to draw home their frustration.
A member of the concerned staff who spoke to Ultimate News’ Central regional Correspondent Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour on grounds of anonymity said the most recent attack was on Tuesday where a nurse was robbed off her hand bag which contained her mobile phone, an amount of GHC150 and other personal belongings.
The nurses say that they feel unsafe due to the numerous attacks they have suffered and management’s seeming unconcerned attitude towards the attacks.
The director of the hospital has declined comments on the matter but one management member said they do not have the resource to meet the demands of the nurses.