Gov’t has no basis to look down on private nurses – PUC

The Presbyterian University College (PUC) has said that government has no basis not clear nurses from private institutions when their counterparts from public institutions have been cleared by the ministry of finance for employment.

According to Reverend Professor Emmanuel Adow-Obeng, President of the PUC, some ministers of state had made public pronouncements to suggest that job placement of nurses trained in private institutions should not be the burden of government.

”Even though we have not received any official communication to that effect, “there appears to be some truth in it because our information is that nurses from the public institutions have been cleared by the ministry of finance for employment, except those from private institutions”.

He noted that an assessment by the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwifery Association showed that Ghana needed not less than 38,000 nurses and midwives to bridge the nurse patient ratio and therefore questioned the rationale for the discrimination.

Prof Adow-Obeng noted that even the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) institutions could not employ private school nurses indicating that, “it would be very unfair for graduate nurses of the Presbyterian University College, to be denied placement in hospitals established by its mission”.

According to him, the PCG had made notable contributions in the provision of healthcare at the Agogo, Donkorkrom and Bawku Presbyterian hospitals.

He mentioned a student from the department of nursing from the PUC, who emerged the best candidate in the whole country in the registered general nursing licensing examinations conducted by the nursing and midwifery council in 2015 as an example.

Prof Adow-Obeng However opined that the placement of nurses should be based on competence, commitment; dedication to duty and hard work which trained nurses from the private institutions are equipped with.



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