The Ghana Nurse-Midwives Trainee Association (GNMTA) has described as untrue government’s claim of releasing financial clearance of GH¢8,042 for the posting of unemployed nurses.
In a short statement to set the records straight the leadership of GNMTA observed that the released financial clearance was meant to effect payment of national service allowance for nurses who completed school in August 2017 and commenced their mandatory national service/rotation on 1st April, 2018.
“This does not affect the nurses who are due for permanent employment,” explained the statement stressing: “Therefore the information circulating that unemployed nurses have been cleared financially is absolutely erroneous, hence must be disregarded.”
The statement further noted “the leadership want to inform our members and the general public that, the enigma of unemployed nurses and midwives still holds.”
Unemployed nurses across the country have been taking several measures to pressure government to post them including picketing to the dislike of the Health Minister Kweku Agyeman-Manu, who described the series of picketing as befuddling.
The nurses during one of their picketing exercises at the Health Ministry, where they were beaten by heavy downpour, told newsmen that they are gradually becoming a threat to the society due to their sordid conditions.
Speaking to Starr News’ Ibrahim Alhassan on the developments, Mr. Agyeman-Manu said the demands of the nurses for financial clearance and onward posting is improbable.
“I don’t understand what is happening. You sit home for how many years; some of them since 2012. There was a government that had put embargo on even recruiting you people. Last year we lifted it and recruited 17000 and you come picketing, forcing me to do what is not doable,” he complained.
He added: “The fact that you have finished school does not mean that compulsorily government should by all means put you there. Some finished during the NDC time, sat home for three to four years, we are looking at them first.
“Now 2016/2017, you finished school, finished National Service in two months your picketing for a job. Is that fair to me?”