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Nurses Allowance Gov't commences payment of temporary allowance

In a statement signed by the Public Relation Officer of the Ministry of Health, he said “the untaxed amount is One Hundred and Fifty Ghana Cedis (GHC150.00) per student for three months."

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The government of Ghana has started paying the abated and temporary nurses trainee allowances with few weeks to the general elections.

In a statement signed by the Public Relation Officer of the Ministry of Health, he said “the untaxed amount is One Hundred and Fifty Ghana Cedis (GHC150.00) per student for three months making a total amount of Four Hundred and Fifty Ghana Cedis (GHC450.00) per student.”

READ ALSO: Nursing trainee allowance will be restored

President Mahama announced that government was cutting trainee allowance for both teachers and nurses. But the Technical Committee set up by President Mahama to review the Nursing Trainee Allowance Policy recommended that the allowance of the nurses be restored until the Student Loan Trust Act has been amended to enable non-tertiary health trainees benefit from it.

READ ALSO: Teacher trainee allowance still scrapped

The opposition New Patriotic Party has accused the NDC of a political gimmick after they made the U-turn in their decision. But President Mahama and other government officials have also defended it saying it was for the best interest of the nurses.

Find below the full statement

GOVERNMENT HAS STARTED PAYMENT OF THE ABATED NURSES TRAINEE ALLOWANCES

The Ministry of Health on July 21, 2016 announced government’s decision to pay an abated Nurses Trainee Allowance as a stopgap measure to the introduction of Students Loan Scheme in the various Nursing Training Colleges.

The Nursing Colleges have begun payment of these allowances through the School’s Finance Offices due to the locations of the schools and the amount involved.

The untaxed amount is One Hundred and Fifty Ghana Cedis (GHC150.00) per student for three months making a total amount of Four Hundred and Fifty Ghana Cedis (GHC450.00) per student.

This was a recommendation by the Technical Committee set up by the HE President to review the Nursing Trainee Allowance Policy. The payment as mentioned earlier is to serve as a bridging mechanism pending the amendment of the Students Loan Trust Act, to enable Students in Non tertiary Health Training Institutions access Loans.

All accountants are advised to pay the amount in full without any deductions. Any person found doing otherwise will be dealt with.

The Ministry of Health will continue to seek the outmost interest of our trainee nurses.

TONY GOODMAN

HEAD, PUBLIC RELATIONS

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