KATH Orders Student Nurses To Pay For Consumables
STUDENT NURSES of the Kumasi Nursing Training and Midwifery School (KNMTS) and others from the Korle-Bu Nursing Training school who undertake their practical at the two leading teaching hospitals are complaining about consumable fees being introduced by Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
Students who undertake their practicals (internal and external) at KATH would pay what KATH authorities describe as consumable fees.
The Chronicle has gathered that the two leading health facility, namely Korle-Bu and KATH, have issued a circular to students informing them to pay for the use of facilities for their clinical work.
Each student who undertake a clinical at Korle-Bu would pay GH¢50.00 while those at KATH would pay according to the number of days they spent using the facilities.
Students of KNMTS are amazed about the move by KATH authorities to take money from them, for using their facility during their practical periods, arguing that they (students) add up to the working staff during their clinical.
The irate students are of the view that consumables such as gloves and other items are encompassed in the bill of the patient and do not understand why KATH authorities are behaving this way.
‘Nursing training students and midwifery have been undertaking their practical in the hospital since time immemorial and see the development very surprising.
We use gloves when injecting, dressing of bed, changing of intravenous lines and touching sore patients. Students from KNMTC will enjoy discount from KATH.
The Principal of the school, Madam Matilda Angelina Bansa confirmed the payment of consumable fees in a telephone conversation with The Chronicle saying her outfit had received a letter to that effect from the CEO of KATH.
She indicated that her administration could not do anything about the letter since the concept had been communicated to the Ministry of Health.
Mr. Kwame Frimpong, the Public Relation officer of KATH, told The Chronicle that introduction of consumable fee by the Hospital is to cater for the use of such consumables as gloves, disinfectants and hand wraps, among others, by the large number of students nurses and midwifes who undertake their clinical there.
He stated that students learn after demonstration during their clinicals during which consumables are largely wasted in the learning process.
Reacting to concerns by the students that the hospitals benefit from their services during the clinical, the KATH PRO said student nurses are not skilled like the trained nurses and therefore it is dangerous to leave the lives of patients in the hands of student nurses.
At best they are benefitting a lot from the attachment to the facility.’Consumables are stated on their bills so they have to pay’, Mr. Frimpong added.
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