Trainee Nurse Angry Over Unpaid Allowances
Sherry Ayittey, Health Minister
The Ghana Nurses and Midwife Trainees Association (GNMTA) has given the government a month’s ultimatum to make payment of over two years accumulated allowances owed them.
In a press release issued and signed by the Western/Central Zonal President of the GNMTA, Onipanua Hukporty Derrick, the students stated that the government had failed to honour its part of contract signed between them for almost two years, leaving members to their fate despite several promises from government.
The group further argued that ‘it is almost the end of the fourth semester for the level 200 trainee nurses/midwives and we have not received our allowances. The GNMTA since last year September had appealed to Ministry of Health and all stakeholders to fast track issues concerning the payment of the trainee allowances but all these have fallen on deaf ears.’
According to them, the certificate health trainees who would complete their training in October are also being denied registration for the licensing exams due to their inability to pay fees ‘since most of us depend on the allowance to support our parents and to pay our fees.’
They noted that the trainee nurses and midwives ‘are unable to bear the cost for their feeding, accommodation and transport in order to travel the length and breadth of the country to work at hospitals and clinics during semester breaks.’
The Association had, therefore, called on government to ‘direct the Ministry of Finance to release the clearance letters to the various nursing training colleges in order to enable the processing of the trainees’ allowances as soon as possible.
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