Disgruntled graduate nurses intent on picketing on MoH premises

Disgruntled graduate nurses intent on picketing on MoH premises

The group calling themselves the Coalition of Non-posted Community Health Nurses and Nurse Assistants Clinicals (2015 YEAR GROUP) have stated that they will be going to the Ministry of Health premises to demand appointment letters after over a year after graduation.

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Disgruntled graduate nurses intent on picketing on MoH premises

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According to the association's President, Mr. Mireku Hammond, the group's longstanding concerns over their delayed appointment after a 16 month long stay at home still remains to be seen to.

In a statement released on February 14th, 2017, the group sites that their current dismal situation has left it in a state of disappointment, with some members falling in dire straights.

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"Most members of the coalition are disappointed in the profession, families are giving up on us, there are lots of negative perceptions about us in the society, knowledge and skills imbibed in us are becoming waste."

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According to the statement, the group called on all "effected members" to gather at the Ministry of Health on 15th of march, 2017, in order to demand their appointment letters from the ministry. The group states that the appointment letters they're looking for will "fulfillment of our obligations to satisfy the Bond we signed with Ghana Government".

"We cannot afford to wait any longer," says the group in their statement, and goes on to say, "we are simply going there to demand our appointment letters so that we can start work as agreed.".

READ FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

PRESS STATEMENT

14TH MARCH, 2017

*COALITION OF NON POSTED NURSES( COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSES AND NURSE ASSISTANTS CLINICALS-2015 BATCH) AND ALIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (2014/2015 BATCH)*

The executive board of the coalition wishes to formally bring to your notice the challenges its members are going through as far as unemployment issues are concerned.

It is disheartening that *8634* qualified graduate nurses who completed their training in November, 2015 and successfully sailed through their licensing exams are still battling with the issue of unemployment for the past one year and four months while their Auxiliary Identification Number (AIN) are ready with its expiring date counting.

The leadership of the coalition fought for what is due its members with the previous government of which the coalition was able to secure a financial clearance for its members which stated that assumption of duty commence on 1st February, 2017 of which salaries and other entitlements will be charged against the Ministry of Health financial budget of the first quarter in 2017.

Posting forms were made available for purchase so the members of the coalition acquired copies, filled and submitted before and on the said date (16th December, 2016).

When February was fast approaching, it seemed the spirit of that financial clearance and the said conditions attached are not materializing. Attempts and series of follow ups have been however made by the leadership of the coalition to seek answers from the MOH as to why there are no signs indicating the commencement of assumption of duty on the said date but all proved futile.

Later on in early February, a letter was sent out to the various agencies to start our recruitment process. Things were going on smoothly for our members but to our surprise, a suspension letter was issued by Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu to *suspend* the process. The reason been, briefing of the recruitment process by the human resource managers across the regions. A meeting was held, explanations and clarifications have been made by them on an organized meeting by the minister and it's a month now, *no sign of the lift of the suspension ban*.

We also want to inform/remind you that, we are bonded nurses by the government of Ghana which prevents us from seeking employment and looking into other avenues for employment officially per the terms and conditions of the bond forms we filled during our period of training.

Most members of the coalition are disappointed in the profession, families are giving up on us, there are lots of negative perceptions about us in the society, knowledge and skills imbibed in us are becoming waste. We therefore plead with you to consider our matter with urgency.

We are by this directive, jointly calling on all affected members to join us at the Ministry of Health on the *15th of march, 2017*, Wednesday, to demand for a lift of the suspension ban *if there is no favourable effect as per the terms agreed on November 2016 financial clearance*.

Be advised that our demand for appointment letters to start work is also in fulfillment of our obligations to satisfy the Bond we signed with Ghana Government that we agreed to be bonded after school. We have spent 1year 4months at home without work and we cannot afford to wait any longer.

We are advised to be civil in our dealings on that faithful day since this request is not a *demonstration or unlawful gathering but picketing.* We are simply going there to demand our appointment letters so that we can start work as agreed.

Thank you and we count on you.

Long live Ghana!

Long live Nursing Profession!

MIREKU HAMMOND

0241998403

*PRESIDENT*

PRINCE OFORI DWOMOH

0546225527

*VICE PRESIDENT*

ANSAH MATHIAS

0244969822

*PRESS SECRETARY*

CECILIA ULZEN

0241998665

*TREASURE*

ALBERT OWARE NYARKO

0246216059

*PRO*

SALLAH EMMANUEL

0261076010

*FIN. SECRETARY*

FELIX ANOM

0543612313

*ADMINISTRATOR*

ELVIS APPAU SIAW

0540985157

*GEN. SECRETARY*

ANKOMAH DANIEL

0200485487

*ORGANIZER*

JOY MENSAH ADAMS

0245631378

*DEPUTY PRO*

PASCAL KIPO

0240720741

*PRESIDENT- ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS*

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