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Issues Police stop nurses from picketing at Flagstaff House

The Police have stopped unemployed nurses from picketing at the premises of the seat of government

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The Greater Accra Regional Police Command has moved in to stop some unemployed nurses and midwives from picketing at the Flagstaff House in Accra.

Over 5,000 trainee nurses and midwives who have completed their studies but yet to be posted besieged the Flagstaff House today to demand answers on why government has consistently refused to post them to health facilities two years after they graduated from school.

The Ghana Nurses and Midwife Trainees Association (GNMTA) in a statement said after several months of patience, some members of the coalition (psychiatric nurses) picketed at the Ministry of Health on the 17th and 18th of August, 2015 in pursuance of their right but were convinced if not “deceived” by the leadership of the Ministry of Health (Mr. Arphul) and the Mental Health Authority (Dr. Akwasi Osei and Prof. Bediako) that our plight will be ameliorated in a maximum of two weeks’ ultimatum.

Read more: Unemployed nurses and midwives to picket at Flagstaff House Oct 19

A statement signed by the group said it has chosen to picket at the seat of government because the Ministry of Health and other relevant institutions have failed to explain the delay in their postings.

The group, made up of psychiatric nurses, enrolled nurses, midwives, general nurses and community nurses, completed their training in 2013 and 2014 but have since been neglected by the Ministry of Health.

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The Police Monday morning moved in to prevent the nurses from getting close to the seat of government on the grounds that the venue is a security zone.

According to the Police, they have not been informed by the leadership of the group to picket at the premises.

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