Jobless nurses picket

Members of the Coalition of Unemployed Private Nurses yesterday picketed at both the health and finance ministries over their delayed posting.

According to the coalition, their action stemmed from the reason their meeting with Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, over the matter, has hit a snag.

The leadership of the jobless nurses accused the government of dragging its feet on the matter despite several positive assurances, thus, their resort to a demonstration to mount more pressure on officialdom.

A month ago, the nurses rejected government’s Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo) job intervention programme meant to give them temporary jobs as efforts were made to create permanent jobs for unemployed graduates.

According to them, NaBCo was an attempt by government to deny them permanent employment.

Their fear was that government will be adamant to push for their financial clearance which will give them the opportunity to become permanent employees of the ministry of health, if they agree to be enrolled into the Heal Ghana module under NaBCo.

They also expressed worry that they will be denied full benefits with regard to their conditions of service under the module.

The nurses, who are members of the Ghana Nurses and Midwife Trainees Association and the National Health Students Association of Ghana, also want an amendment made to the Heal Ghana module under NaBCo.


Story: Valerie TETTEH, ATV ACCRA 

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