General News of Monday, 10 July 2017
Disgruntled unemployed private nurses have accused the Akufo-Addo led government of falling short of its campaign promise to gainfully engage all professional and qualified nurses from private institutions.
According to the Coalition of Unemployed Private Nurses, government’s consistent failure to give equal opportunity in employment to nurses certified and deemed qualified by the Nurses and Midwifery Council is a sharp deviation from the NPP’s campaign promise in the build up to the 2016 elections.
The Coalition of Unemployed Private Nurses also bemoan government’s established preference for nurses trained in public schools, describing this act as discriminatory towards privately trained nurses.
“Government’s established preference for nurses trained in public schools-a preference which is not based on qualification or superior performance at the workplace is a clear sign of discrimination; unreasonable and unfair exercise of discretion by administrative bodies.” Fredrick Baah, the coalition leader remarked.
The consistent government mantra of some so-called bonding as a reason not to post the private nurses is inhumane according to the coalition, charging the President to get them posted in five working days or face a nationwide demonstration.
The private nurses who addressed the press on Monda, July 10, in Accra described government as being unfair, inhumane, unjust, and discriminatory as they questioned why nurses from private accredited health institutions have been denied employment for years.
They have threatened to picket at the Health Ministry on July, 17, 2017 if their concern is not duly addressed.