Unemployed private nurses to get financial clearance this week – Health Ministry

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The Ministry of Health has assured unemployed private nurses that they will be employed soon.

The Ministry in a statement said it is hopeful of getting financial clearance for the agitating nurses by close of this week.

The Coalition of Unemployed Private Nurses at a press conference on Monday threatened to embark on a demonstration if government fails to employ its members into the mainstream health sector within the next 10 days.

These nurses, who once passed the night at the Ministry of Health, have vowed to go all lengths to get government to employ them.

The spokesperson of the Coalition, Doreen Boateng stated that all attempts to ensure they get financial clearance have been fruitless.

She also explained that President Nana Akufo-Addo and his Government have prioritized state-trained nurses over them, a situation they described as regrettable.

“There is no plan to recruit privately-trained nurses into the mainstream health sector like is being done for state-sponsored nurses for  the Government made it clear that it will continue to give priority to nurses from public trained when the President said In  the 2019 state of the nation address.”

“This is a clear example of discriminatory injustice, so we are giving the government 10 working days to reply this letter and we will press on our demands until civil society gets to understand that we are being treated unfairly and until Government hears us we are going to hold a mega demonstration dubbed ‘Ku me preko’ to share our grievances,” she said.

But the Ministry of Health in reaction to the threat of the unemployed nurses urged them to exercise patience as it works hard to secure financial clearance for them this week.

“We are working feverishly at their [financial clearance] as well. It is not as if the Ministry is discriminating or not doing anything about their situation. All that we are telling them is to exercise patience. We are positive that this week, we will be able to secure financial clearance for them so they should just exercise patience. There is no need for a demonstration,” the Public Relations Officer for the Health Ministry, Elorm Ametepe said.

The unemployed private nurses are made up of nurses who were trained in private schools of nursing across the country.

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