Nurses at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital today walked out on patients desperately in need of care in keeping with the nationwide strike declared by the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA).
GRNMA, begun an indefinite strike yesterday, Monday, September 22, 2020, to press home demands for better conditions of service. Notice for the strike action had been given last Thursday after negotiations between government and the Nurses broke down.
Today at the Korle-bu teaching Hospital, patients who were snubbed by the Nurses included people on oxygen. People who were rushed to the emergency unit were told that they could not be cared for.
Nurses were seen walking out of the Hospital to board vehicles home while stranded patients looked on helplessly. The OPDs were therefore mostly swarmed by patients without Nurses on hand to attend to patients.
Some of the stranded patients said they could not even have their cards processed because the records department of the hospital had no staff available to attend to them.
Meanwhile, an activist of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has branded public sector Nurses and Midwives as witches for striking.
This sentiment is shared by many party members and appointees of the ruling party.
In a Facebook post, Rose Obeng, wrote that the action to press home better conditions of service from the Akufo-Addo government by the over 82,000 public sector Nurses is motivated by evil, cursing the Nurses that it is their relatives who will bear the brunt of their evil action.
“They can go to hell, no one will fall sick n die. During election year they go on strike, what improvements has increment on their salaries done to their lives? It’s their own relatives that will visit the hospital during their absence,” Ms Obeng wrote.