The University Nursing Students Association of Ghana (UNSAG), has castigated the Akufo-Addo government for failing to implement promises it made to nurses during the 2016 campaign season. The President of the UNSAG, Mr Collins Agyarko, speaking in an interview on an Accra based Radio Station (Okay FM), said, nurses across the country are disappointed by government for failing to implement the promises it made to nurses during the campaign. He said government has failed to show leadership.
He said, he was one of the people who had absolute confidence in the current administration and was hopeful it was going to bring significant changes in the health sector but has been left highly disappointed by this government. He said, breach of promise is very expensive not only in terms of voters’ confidence but in terms of God’s holding them (NPP) I’ll considered lies.
He told the host that, looking at happenings in the health sector currently, the Mahama administration stands vindicated and must be commended for some of the tough but prudent policies it introduced which were vehemently opposed by the nursing trainees.
He said the restoration of trainee allowance by the Akufo-Addo government was a bad decision.
According to him, Ghana is the only country on the continent that is paying allowance to trainees. The President of UNSAG said, his group will challenge government on its decision to introduce the quota system. “I think the government must go back to the policies of the previous administration of building more hospitals to absorb newly trained nurses, introduce the loan scheme to reduce pressure on the national Kitty and build more nursing training institutions,” Agyarko stated.
It would be recalled that in 2016, UNSAG, organised a news conference in Accra to draw the Mahama administration’s attention to what it described as plights of graduate nurses, unemployment and lack of requisite logistics to facilitate teaching and learning. But speaking on the show, Mr Colins Agyarko said, the policies introduced by the last administration, are far better than they are witnessing under the current Akufo-Addo government.