The President of Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA), Mrs. Perpertual Ofori-Ampofo calls for the exclusion of health workers from the public sector employment freeze as captured in the 2023 budget statement.
Addressing a congregation at the GRNMA History book launch and Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association’s (GRNMA) 5th Dr. Docia Kisseih Memorial lecture, Mrs. Ofori-Ampofo urged the government to consider the inadequate number of health workers in the country when implementing the freeze on employment of civil and public servants economic policy.
Further, she said since the current health work force is inadequate, freezing the employment will have an adverse effect on healthcare services across-the-board.
“I wish to state emphatically that the nursing and midwifery workforce as we speak is not adequate and, therefore, we need those who have completed nursing schools to be employed to support health care delivery,” She stressed.
The fast leaving of Ghana’s professional nurses for abroad to benefit from the good conditions of service for health workers was also captured.
She added that the government should put in place (improve) the conditions of service for the health sector in order to address the departure of their workforce.