President Mahama has attributed recent strike action by the Coalition of Unpaid Nurses and Midwives in the country to the failure of the human resources system.
Mahama blames nurses' strike on poor human resource management
According to him, the human resource system has not been proactive in processing data of new nurses for payments to be made.
Over 7,000 members of the Coalition of Unpaid Nurses and Midwives on Monday declared an indefinite strike to demand the payment of salaries owed them by government in the last three years.
They claimed the decision was because several attempts to have their grievances addressed have yielded no positive results.
Speaking in an interview on 'France 24' during his official visit to France, President Mahama said "the issue of the nurses strike is not to do with asking for more money. It is a failure of our human resources system. The ministry of health is not able to process quickly enough the data of new nurses so that the Accountant General's Department can capture it and begin to pay them. So often the postings are done, the nurses go to post, it takes the Ministry of Health too long to process their data and so they stay without salary for a protracted period".
President Mahama has however said his government has set its priorities now on revising the human resources management information system to ensure the salary system for workers is improved.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu has implored the nurses and midwives to return to work since their outstanding salaries will be paid by end of October.
He said 90 of the nurses were paid at the end of September 30 and about 258 have been processed for payment on Tuesday.
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