Nurse And Midwife Trainees Hit Against Calls To Scrap Allowances
The Ghana Nurse and Midwife Trainees’ Association has called upon the government not to scrap the Trainee Nurse and Midwife allowances.
The General Secretary of the Association Blessing Ampofo said that “If even the country is in hardship, will the government refuse to pay workers? Of course not.”
“When we vacate, and we go home, we go on our clinical assistantships, and it is this same money that we use for transportation,” Ms. Ampofo added.
The resistance follows calls by Civil Society Organizations to the government to cancel the system as part of measures to deal with the current economic crisis.
Ghana’s return to the International Monetary Fund has also cued views about policies that will be defective by the government to save money.
Ms. Ampofo insists that the government should not regard their suggestions, but rather focus on paying all allowances and arrears owed to the trainee nurses and midwives.
She said it had been ten (10) months now that some of the nurses received their allowances, in spite of assurances from the government.
“We also have students who have never received their allowances. The government is owing them twenty (20) months and more,” Ms. Ampofo said.