Health minister complains about nurses' protests

Health minister complains about nurses' protests

- The minister described employing every graduate nurse as "not doable"

- Dr Manu says government to find a solution to the problem soon.

The Minister of Health has told graduate but unemployed nurses that it is not possible to give all of them employment. He was responding to the pressure these nurses have been putting on government in recent times.

According to the minister Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, the government is not under any obligation to provide jobs for all those who have sat home for 3 or less years. For Dr Manu, it is difficult to understand why these people picket around the ministry.

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A recent tactic of unemployed nurses in the country has been to protest their frustration around the Ministry of Education. This, they believe, was bound to raise the attention levels of the government.

Health minister expresses confusion over nurses picketing

Dr Kweku Agyeamang-Manu

However, months of picketing and protests have not yielded any positive results for these nurses. They have lamented government’s excuses.

A partial solution proposed has been employment under the initiative of National Builders’ Corps (NABCO). However, the nurses have rejected it with some describing the conditions of service as modern day slavery.

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A group of unemployed nurses even joined forces with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) during their Unity Walk in the Upper East region. This they believed showed their seriousness in protesting against the ruling NPP.

But the health minister is left confused. In speaking to Accra-based Starr FM, Dr Manu said:

“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”.

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He however expressed government’s willingness to find a solution.

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Source: Yen

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