Enrolled and Community nurses threaten to partially withdraw services by Monday

Sherry-AyitteyEnrolled and Community Health nurses in the country are threatening to partially withdraw  services next week, if the Health Ministry fails to guarantee their career progression as well as improvement on their condition of service.

The Certificate Nurses have been agitating for a job evaluation that would lead to better pay under the Single Spine pay policy.
They are also calling for a system that would allow them to upgrade their qualification from certificates into Diplomas.

They say despite their many years of experience on the job, they are still required to provide West Africa Senior Secondary certificates before they are enrolled in nursing training colleges to upgrade themselves: a situation they say is unacceptable.

Last year the enrolled Nurses threatened a strike if the Ghana Health Service failed to do something to change the situation.
But the President of the Enrolled and Community Nurses Association, Fredrick Limbe says government assured them that a top- up course will be introduced to enable them upgrade themselves this year.

His checks so far indicate unfortunately, that the upgrading programme is not likely to begin any time soon.

Last Month the nurses issued a two week ultimatum to the Health Ministry to give them an assurance letter. That ultimatum will expire this Friday.

Frederick Limbe said without the assurance letter the certificate nurses will limit their services to only their job description.

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