Public Sector Nurses And Midwives Declare Strike From Monday

The ailing public has been notified that from Monday, the 21st of September, they may have to turn to private health facilities for care because there will be no Nursing and other important support staff at the public hospitals to run to.

Nurses, midwives, Physician Assistants (PAs) and Anaesthetists (CRAs) in the public sector are withdrawing their services over what they say are poor conditions of service.

“the general public is advised to seek medical attention from other health facilities,” a statement from the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association said.

The statement which is dated the 17th of September is signed by Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, President of the Association.

The decision comes after a series of meetings with the government over the health workers’ condition of service. The first ended inconclusively after it was held on September 3, 2020.

Subsequently, ther have been follow up meetings on September 15 and 16.

According to the Association, the government’s stance throughout the negotiations has side-stepped Act 651 of the Labour Law, Section 97 of which deals with issues of good faith for stakeholders.

“The proposal of the employer as reported cannot serve the economic interest of all nurses, midwives PAs and CRAs,” the Association’s release said.

It said Government’s stance improved a little but was not enough to be accepted.

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