5k trained nurses not posted – Coalition
The Coalition of Unemployed Private Nurses has indicated about 5000 nurses that were trained by private nurse training schools have not been not been posted by the government to start work.
Doreen Boateng, Convener of the Coalition, speaking in an interview with Accra News’ Nana Agyen Barima on Monday July 10, said some of the nurses have remained unemployed for seven years, yet the government is making no efforts to address the problem.
Letters and memos written by the coalition to the Ministry of Heath have not been responded to, she said. For this reason, all the unposted nurses decided to embark on a demonstration against the government to ensure their needs are met immediately.
She said: “We have written to the ministry but they have responded to our needs. The government itself has indicated that it cannot train all the nurses and other health professionals needed in the country and so the private sector should play a role. The private sector is playing its role yet the government doesn’t want to fulfil its part of the bargain, this is unacceptable.
“As we speak we have more than 5000 of our members who are home not working and so we have decided to demonstrate to register our frustration. Some of us have stayed home for the past seven years but haven’t been posted to work; this is very bad.”