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Relief Over 3,000 unemployed nurses to be posted

About 5,000 graduate nurses and midwives have continuously registered their displeasure over Government's inability to employ them since completing their studies in 2013.

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The Health Ministry has announced that all trained nurses who have been unemployed since 2013 will soon start work.

This follows a release of a clearance letter by the Ministry and copied to the Ghana Registered Nurses Association on Tuesday.

According to the Health Ministry, 97 Staff Nurses, 31 Staff Midwives, 2,333 Enrolled Nurses, 599 Community Health Nurses and 234 Allied Health Professionals are to be employed.

“All facilities are to ensure that, staff to be engaged have their documents processed early and placed on the Mechanized Payroll to enable the Controller and Accountant – General’s Department effect payment of their salaries in time to reduce the incidence of arrears to be paid to staff,” a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer at the Ministry, Tony Goodman stated.

Over 5,000 graduate nurses and midwives have continuously registered their displeasure over Government's inability to employ them since completing their studies in 2013.

RELATED: Graduate nurses arrested for picketing at Flagstaff House

Several of them have subsequently picketed at the Health Ministry with others being arrested for picketing closer to the Flagstaff House.

General secretary of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association, Perpetual Ofori Ampofo has welcomed the move to have the aggrieved nurses employed.

"Yesterday, we received a letter of clearance which indicates that 3,060 of them are going to be given employment because their clearance has now been secured. This includes community health nurses, a few registered nurses," she told Accra-based Joy FM.

Ms Ofori Ampofo further debunked reports that the latest postings will be at the detriment of nurses who trained at private institutions.

"We need all these measures, whether trained from public or private. Actually, the private would have augmented the need within the public sector," she added.

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