Community Health Nurses Strike by nurses not necessary - Health Ministry

Over thirteen thousand community health nurses are expected to lay down their tools over what they say is the Ministry of Health's failure to address their concerns.

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The Ministry of Health has said the intended strike by the community health nurses today, May 31, 2016, is pointless considering the efforts it has already put in place to address their concerns.

Over thirteen thousand community health nurses are expected to lay down their tools over what they say is the Ministry of Health's failure to address their concerns.

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President of the Association Esther Bamfo explained that they are unhappy with the change of name from Community Health Nursing to Nurse Assistant Prevention.

She further stated that though the name has been changed the certificate awarded has remained unchanged.

She also questioned why the then SRN nurses are being awarded diplomas after the change of name to RGN.

But the public relations officer of the Health Ministry, Tony Goodman has said the Minister of Health has already met with the aggrieved nurses and stakeholders involved over the name change subject matter.

According to him, the Minister, Alex Segbefia believes a Legislative Instrument (LI) is needed for the name change, as it is an Act of parliament that established the name.

“He [Alex Segbefia] thought it is proper to also look at the Act, it is also good to listen to everybody and find a solution to it. So this is where we are. The minister is actually working at resolving the issue,” Mr. Goodman told Accra-based TV3.

The President of the community health nurses had earlier mentioned their dissatisfaction with the poor job progression among the Community Health Nurses. "Some Community Health Nurses have worked for over eight years and yet seen no promotion" she lamented.

But Mr. Goodman has assured the nurses that the Ghana Health Service has put in place measures to resolve issues with their promotion.

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