Trainee Nurses reject government’s allowance calling for an increment in the amount stipulated in the Health Ministry’s statement.
As it appears, the scrapped nursing trainee allowance restored by government is not good enough for the Ghana Nurses and Midwives Association. The association has rejected government’s offer to pay GHC 150 to each trainee as allowance. According to the association, the government’s offer is in breach of the memorandum of understanding they signed in 2014 with the Ministry of Health.
Their rejection comes on the heels of the statement released by the Health Ministry to pay an amount of GHc 150 monthly to nursing trainees. The ministry had said that the payment amount would “serve as a bridging mechanism pending the amendment of the Students Loan Trust Act which would enable students in non-tertiary health training institutions access loans to support education.”
Trainee Nurses Reject Government’s Allowance
But the trainee nurses reject government’s allowance, calling for an increment in the amount stipulated in the Health Ministry’s statement. According to President of the association, Godwin Asabire Akazeem, the said amount is insignificant to the students, considering their high expenditure on utility bills and the likes.
He explained that government needs to increase the allowances to enable the trainees foot their bills. This is because; as nursing trainees, they have a lot of responsibilities to attend to. The president who spoke on Citi News pointed out that government assured that “40 percent service allowance is going to be expressed in monetary value”, and as well given to them. For that reason, he said the current money at stake now is meant to be “50 percent” higher. At the moment, the Ministry of health has not reacted to the rejection by the Ghana Nurses and Midwives Association.
Government had decided to scrap the nursing trainee allowances in order to remove the restrictions on admission to the various training institutions. Government explained that the huge amounts it had to pay in the form of allowances, brought about an inevitable restriction on admission, as a way to control budget.