Strange Posting Form Shortages Hit Nurses Recruitment

Many among the 5,274 nurses and allied professionals who have been posted to various health facilities across the country have found themselves stranded in interesting cul-de-sacs.

Even though their names are on the Ministry of Health’s posting list and are duly qualified, strange shortages of posting forms have left them high and dry.

Angry victims who have spoken to The Republic tell of how what is supposed to be a simple routine of reporting at either the Ghana Health Service or the Christian Health Association of Ghana to do the registration has turned into a frustrating commute to and fro.

For several days, most of the nurses frequent these two umbrella bodies for posting forms only to be told that the forms are in shortage.

Even in the case of the CHAG, which registration is done online, soft copies of the forms are said to be out of stock.

The situation has left many supposedly posted nurses stranded at home, even though the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has since been touting that it has employed over 5,000 nurses so far in this year.

Interestingly, the supposed shortages are happening even though postings started only on Monday, this week.

Efforts by The Republic to get clarification from the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, were unsuccessful as his office line never went through.

Sources are claiming that the artificial shortages are the result of hoarding for the purpose of protocol intakes by the NPP administration, whose Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Ken Agyapong, has vowed to ensure that all NPP activists get government jobs.

Earlier in the week, the Ministry of Health had issued a statement to the effect that 5,274 nurses, who have completed their rotations have been put on posting to various health facilities across the country and that the chosen needed to go to various health facilities to fill recruitment forms.

But many of the posted nurses say, they are unable to kick start their employment because the recruitment forms are out of stock.


Source: Fiifi Samuels

The Republic News Online

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