General News of 2013-04-23

Nurses threaten to withdraw services if...

The Ghana Registered Nurses Association is threatening to withdraw services if demand for an upgrade on the single spine salary structure is not reviewed by government.

According to the president of the association, Kwaku Asante-Krobea, they are unhappy with the placing of graduate pharmacists ahead of nurses and midwives who were initially on the same level until recently.

Graduate pharmacists were upgraded after a recent ruling by the National Labour Commission, which the nurses believe they have “been short-changed”.

President of the nurses association, Kwaku Asante-Krobea tells Joy News the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission have remained silent over their request for too long.

He said the new pay policy was based on job evaluation and was meant “to protect and not to distort” the levels of qualifications.

Meanwhile, Kwaku Asante-Krobea confirmed to Joy News that the leadership of the association met the Minister of Health on Monday evening where they briefed her on their demands.

He hoped she will deal with them expeditiously otherwise they will be compelled to “advise ourselves”.

He explained that when technical works were done on how people should be paid with the new pay policy, the nurses and midwives were on the same scale with pharmacists.

“Graduate entrance of nurses and midwives were put a par with the graduate entrance of the pharmacies, and therefore we are seeking to establish that there should not be any distortion of the good work that was done.

“And if [they] are distorted, it will be a recipe for disaster, and that is actually what has been done.”

He described the health sector as a jungle and only those with tough skins are able to get what they need.

Kwaku Asante-Krobea also threw his weight behind the ongoing strike by the Ghana Medical Association.

“All those things the medical doctors are addressing will have positive impact on the profession and it has to do with the concerns of the nurses as well.”

In an unrelated development, a human rights lawyer Edward Amuzu has filed application at an Accra high court for an interim injunction on the Ghana Medical Association’s ongoing strike.

The writ filed by the lawyer is seeking the court to declare their strike illegal and compel them to return to work.

It’s also seeking to bar the doctors from embarking on strikes in the future.

Source: myjoyonline
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