It has emerged that over 8,600 health workers’ career are in limbo following a decision by the Ministry of Health to place a ban temporarily to the on-going recruitment process although financial clearance was granted by the previous government.
A letter signed by the new Health Minister, Dr Kwaku Agyemang Manu, cautioned all heads of related Agencies to suspend all recruitment activities for the 8,634 nurses and other health staff until further notice.
The letter further stated “The suspension is not a cancellation but to allow the ministry of health to finalise all issues related to the financial clearance”
Notwithstanding this, many unemployed nurses have expressed heart felt concerns over the apparent directive. Some affected nurses who spoke with Maxwell Attah on conditions of anonymity said they intend to organize series of demonstration to register their displeasure should Government fails to employ them within the stipulated time.
These stranded health workers are expected to be employed by Government with effect from March 2017. However a deep-throat Source at the Health Ministry has revealed that Government might revoke the November 2016 financial clearance because it was not factored into the 2017 first quarter budget.
The above mentioned financial clearance was secured in a letter dated November 11, 2016 undersigned by the former finance minister Emmanuel Seth Terkper following a rife of demonstrations by Unemployed graduates ahead of 2016 general Election in Ghana.
Despite efforts to enhance smooth employment process, recruitment exercises continue to face challenges as plans indicate a revoke of the secured financial clearance.
Credit: Maxwell Attah/Cape Coast
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.