The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association has called on government to endeavor to make available courtesies that are due tireless efforts of nurses and thereby should employ graduate Nurses as promised.
This was trumpeted during the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwifery Association (GRNMA) regional week celebration held in Tumu 26th May 2018, the Regional Chair Person of the Association Madam Victoria Dahoro laments government refusal to employ graduates in a current situation of nurse/population ratio of 1:22.
The health sector would need not less than 36,000 nurses and midwives to address the nurse/patient ratio gap she noted and questioned why government deliberately refuses to employ these critical staff when it contributed immensely to their training.
The association she noted is not in hurry to join those who argue that government has neglected health in the country even though the association is not encouraging continues picketing of nurses which is sometimes encompasses by Police brutality. She said bonding of trainee nurses and midwives cannot and must therefore not be tied to the employment of the graduates, therefore in light of fewer nurses and midwives delivering care, graduate employment should be unconditional.” Firefighting approach cannot be applied to health care provision in any society”.
They also wants the working group to be given conditions of services which they have been part of its designing that is conspicuously missing under NABCO. They should also with colleagues of same rank and skills benefit from the golden rule of the labour law and conventions of the international labour organization of equal pay for equal work value.