Deputy Health minister calls unemployed nurses from private schools ungrateful

Deputy Health minister calls unemployed nurses from private schools ungrateful

Ghana's deputy Health minister, Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah has asked unemployed nurses who have graduated from private schools to be appreciative of the efforts put in by the government to assign them jobs. reports that the minister made her reservations about the supposed ingratitude of the nurses known in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie’.

According to her, the nurses' actions in recent times to picket and demand employment is “unfortunate”. Mensah then reportedly described them as “ungrateful” health workers.

She is quoted as saying: “From 2017 to this month, this government has employed a sizable number of nurses. No government has been able to do that so they should be grateful to us."

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Unemployed Ghanaian nurses

Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah. Photo credit:
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The Coalition of Unemployed Private Nurses (COUPN) early in March of 2019, gave the government a 10-day ultimatum to find its members jobs or face a demonstration.

The group has accused the government of gross discrimination in securing its members jobs.

They believe government is more likely to assign jobs to nurses trained in government institutions than private institutions.

The aggrieved nurses, among whom some claim they have been home since 2012, explained that they have participated in several discussions with the ministries involved to get their grievances addressed but to no avail.

The nurses say if government does not respond to their situation, they will embark on a series of demonstrations across the country.

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