Unpaid nurses, midwives down tools

doctorsHealth service delivery at the major hospitals across the country, especially the rural areas, were interrupted yesterday, as more than 7,000 nurses belonging to the Coalition of Unpaid Nurses and Midwives embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike to demand unpaid salaries.

According to the group, they embarked on the action because of government’s refusal to honour its pledge to pay them, a situation that was adversely affecting their livelihoods.

A national co-ordinator of the group, Douglas Adu-Fokuo, believed the strike would compel government to pay what was due them.

He explained that the health ministry had announced that it had issued clearance for over 7,000 nurses, which gave the impression that they would be paid all their accumulated salaries.

“We the Coalition kept quiet on this issue and started a survey to collate data. Surprisingly, only 30 per cent of the 7,000 were paid,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) has expressed worry over the strike.

GRNMA said it was negotiating with the authorities over the issue so the unpaid nurses should have been patient.

According to the president of the GRNMA, Kwaku Asante-Krobea, the association was leading the group to discuss their issue, but did not conclude, “only for us to hear such thing, so we feel they have betrayed us because we are fighting for them”.

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