Workload on senior nurses at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital has increased due to the ongoing indefinite strike action by the junior psychiatric nurses.
When The Ghanaian Times visited the hospital, it observed that the senior nurses were attending to more than one patient at a time.
A worker at the hospital ‘name withheld’ said senior psychiatric nurses who were on leave were called back to duty as they were currently compelled to do the work of those on strike.
“Consultation, attending to patients at night and weekends, which were mostly duties of the junior nurses have been taken over by the senior nurses,” he said.
One hundred and ninety psychiatric nurses across the country, last Thursday began an indefinite strike to compel their employer to pay them their seven to twelve months accumulated salaries and outstanding arrears.
The action followed government’s inability to pay their salaries by the end of last month as promised, following a sit-down strike declared in August this year.
The nurses from the Accra, Pantang and Ankaful Psychiatric hospitals, have, therefore, resolved not to go back to work until they receive their salaries and arrears.
The striking nurses are made up of four batches who assumed duty in June 2013, September 2013, April 2014 and May 2014.
The spokesperson for the aggrieved nurses, Mr. Emmanuel Febiri, told The Ghanaian Times that he and his colleagues would not return to work until their salaries and arrears were paid in bulk.
Meanwhile, a statement signed by the Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Health (MoH), Dr. Afisah Zakariah, said the MoH in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the Audit Service, concluded the verification and validation of the documentation pertaining to the payment of salaries to some staff of the Mental Health Authority.
According to the statement, the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department was keying in the inputs and all affected staff would receive their arrears as soon as possible.
By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey