Unemployed nurses demand jobs from govt

Haruna Iddrisu,Minister of Employment and Labour Relations (12)

Haruna Iddrisu – Minister of Employment and Labour Relations

A group of unemployed nurses, who completed their nursing training in 2014, yesterday picketed at the Ministry of Health, to demand employment from government.

The nurses, numbering 82, are past students of the Holy Family Nursing Training College at Nkawkaw, who are at home after they had completed their national service last year.

Florence Allotey, a member of the group, told The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday that several attempts to retrieve their clearance forms from government after their schools names was mysteriously deleted from the batch of nurses employed by governmen tin  May this year had proved futile.

“We have petitioned the ministries of health and finance on three consecutive occasions, demonstrated, yet the ministry has failed to address our concerns,” she said.

Ms. Allotey said all other trained nurses, who completed school in 2014, had been absorbed by government with the exception of those from the Holy Family Nursing Training College

She appealed to government to employ them as soon as possible as they had been bonded by government.

Ms. Allotey said they were ignored, and no official from the ministry was ready to listen to their concerns.

“We have been here since morning and have not even been allowed to go the reception,  what we have been told is that both the minister and his public relations officer are out of their offices and the security have  also asked us to leave the premises of the ministry,” she said.

Some of the nurses, who had come all the way from Ashanti, Eastern and Brong Ahafo, regions told The Ghanaian Times that they will sleep at the premises of the ministry and will not leave until their concerns were addressed.

By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey

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