By Benson Opoku
Is the MOH decision not to employ ‘graduate’ nurses because their skills are not needed or government cannot pay them the ‘approved’ salary? The moratorium on public sector employment affects ‘graduate’ nurses and other ‘graduate’ healthcare professionals except physicians.
The skills of these nurses are needed but the refusal to employ them is more of ‘we can’t pay them’. One media house reported, a ‘graduate’ nurse is now a taxi driver when they were reporting on the military recruitment of nurses’ misinformation that recently went viral on social media. Their skills are needed by people in Talensi and other deprived communities. They are willing to serve people in such communities since ‘graduate’ nurses all over Ghana can’t find employment.
Considering the public sector pay system ‘graduate’ nurses are placed a bit higher than nurses from Training Colleges. Though, they deserve what is stated on the SSPP, why can’t MOH employ and pay them at a lower level on the SSPP for the time being?
Source: Benson Opoku