A former Health Minister, Alex Sergbefia has made a strong case against the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government’s reintroduction of the quota system in nursing training schools across the country.
“From what we are hearing they (government) are not reinstating the bond, the allowance in full and they are also not going to apply it across board but only to the new entrants that are actually coming in. They have reneged on their promises that they have made to the nurses,” he told host of the Gold Power Drive, Peter Bamfo Thursday.
Prior to the 2016 elections, the NPP assured thousands of nurses across the country they will reinstate in full, their allowances and bonding system.
However, the Akufo-Addo government on Wednesday August 9, 2017, announced the reintroduction of the quota system which was scrapped by the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government together with the trainee allowances.
Alex Sergbefia insists the government is financially constraint to pay allowances to the trainee nurses as promised.
Explaining the reason behind the removal of the trainee allowance by the NDC government, Mr. Segbefia said the “allowance affects the quality of nurses that we churn out.”
He observed that some people enter into nursing training schools because of the allowance and not for the love of the profession.
The former Minister indicated that if government wants to deal with quality of nurses being trained, it should revert to the student loan process.
“I don’t buy into the quality; I buy into the fact that it’s also not the numbers of nurses but the type of nurses we are producing. We are bottom-heavy and top-light so we have few graduate nurses, few full time nurses, and few mid-wives but we have a lot of nursing trainees and lots of community health nurses because the qualification for those is less than those required for the top-end,” he observed.
By: Kojo Boohene/Radiogold905.com