Government goes silent as nurses demand salaries for five months of work

Government goes silent as nurses demand salaries for five months of work

- The minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu assured the nurses that they would be paid in a maximum of three months after they started work

- He explained that it was as a result of the need for financial clearance from the appropriate authorities

- The nurses claim that no salaries have been paid after five months of work

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Information reaching YEN shows that salaries of (community health) nurses, specifically the 2015 year group, are yet to be paid.

Government goes silent as nurses demand salaries for five months of work

Kwaku Agyemang Manu, minister of Health

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This has raised concerns as the nurses have been at post for about five months now.

They are therefore calling on the individuals and institutions concerned to attend to the issue as a matter of urgency.

In a letter copied to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the various teaching hospitals and the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), they sought to find out the reason for the delay.

The nurses added that they were denied posting for almost two years when they completed school in the year 2015; the official reason communicated to them was that of the issue of financial clearance.

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They added that the minister of Health, when interacting with them, stated that "we want to do away with the policy of three months salaries, whereby they may be working without salaries or may be working for several months but shall only be paid only after the first three months.

So this time around, we want the salaries to be available as soon as they start working”.

This statement, according to the nurses, was given when they visited they ministry in order to find out the reason for the delay.

They therefore find it hard to believe that nothing has changed after five months of work.

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The nurses went on to say that inasmuch as they are dedicated to their job of saving lives, they find it difficult to do so on an empty stomach.

As such, they are requesting for responses to their concerns, so they could determine the next course of action.

They however gave a one – week ultimatum to the state institutions concerned to respond to their concerns, as they pray that God strengthens them in these hard times.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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