Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNA) has expressed its displeasure at conditions under which nurses and midwives would be engaged under the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO).
The association says it is unacceptable to engage the services of its members for the Heal Ghana Initiative with no clear cut condition of services.
President of the association, Dr. Kwaku Krobea Asante says though the program is laudable, disparities in remuneration, condition of service among others, leaves much to be desired.
Dr. Asante who was speaking at the Launch of International Nurses Day at Ejisu says it is unacceptable for members to render services without being registered for the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).
Launched in May this year at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, NABCO is expected to employ about 10,000 graduates on a Gh 700.00 monthly allowance.
Some unemployed nurses have already kicked back against the program.
Though the GRNA is not against the program, it is unhappy at the disparities the program would create.
According to Dr. Asante, nurses and midwives working anywhere at any time with colleagues of the same rank and skill should be paid equally.
The GRNA fears enrolment of graduate nurses and midwives onto NBCO could deprive them of employment into mainstream health sector.
Meanwhile, the association is asking government to phase out certificate nursing programmes and upgrade all diploma training programmes to degrees.
The association also wants all nursing assistants to be retained.
President of the association Dr. Kwaku Asante Krobea who made the proposal believes this will provide clear career pathway for its members.
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