Government to cut back nursing trainees intake starting September 2017

Government to cut back nursing trainees intake starting September 2017

- Public nursing and midwifery schools have been ordered to cut back their admissions to only 60% of their capacity starting September this year

- The development follows the demonstration at the Ministry of Health by groups of nurses demanding to be employed

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Government has asked all public nursing and midwifery trainee schools to cut back their admissions to 60% of the their capacity.

Government to cut back nursing trainees intake starting September 2017

Nurses demonstrating at the Ministry of Health

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The directive came from the Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, who noted that the policy should be implemented beginning the next academic year in September.

According to a Starr FM report, the spokesperson for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Nana Boateng Agyemang said the directive is to ensure that the next crop of nurses will reach the necessary qualifications needed by Ghana’s health sector.

We want to produce [nurses] to meet demand…I won’t call it a cut down…It's about quality, we want to train health professionals who will give quality healthcare,” he stated.

This development follows the recent demonstrations at the Ministry of Health premises, where several graduate unemployed nurses thronged to voice their frustrations at government.

The Coalition for Unemployed Private Nurses Association had stormed the Ministry of Health on July 31 to demand postings.

According to the unemployed nurses, numbering over 300, they have been unfairly treated by the government since 2010.

Government to cut back nursing trainees intake starting September 2017

Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu

However, the Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has said the situation is out of his hands.

He explained: “So as it stands now I cannot change it but I have begun processes to have privately trained nurses employed but the financial clearance is not here. As I stand here now even if you put a knife to my throat I cannot employ you because I don’t have the financial clearance.”

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