It is barely 90 days to the end of the national service period for the 2022/2023 batch of Rotational Nurses and Midwives and yet the personnel have received no allowance for the period served.
This is according to a press release by the leadership of the 10,975 deployed members of the Rotational Nurses and Midwifery Association (RNMA).
The statement issued and signed by Jasper Dzorkah and John Domechille, who are President and General Secretary respectively, said the government, in the last three months, has been promising to amortize the debt but has done nothing about it.
“The NSS secretariat deployed us in June 2022 and the Nurses and Midwives began in July 2022. Till now, we have not received our allowances, not even a pesewa.
“As of the last three months, the Ministry of Health has been saying they are following up with the Ministry of Finance. That is all they keep telling us. We have heard times without numbers that the salaries will come but no show,” the leadership said.
The situation has thus left them stranded and frustrated as many affected persons “struggle to commute to work and make ends meet”.
They mentioned that the personnel were supposed to undergo some registration processes to enable to Ministry of Finance to effect payment but the processes are also yet to be initiated after eight months of work.
That invariably means the service personnel will not be able to receive their allowances until the registration is done.
While the registration processes (IPPD and Biometric registrations) delay and time runs out, the Rotational Nurses and Midwives fear they will bear additional costs should they leave their service regions to their home regions and later be called back to undergo the processes in the deployed areas.
They have thus given the government up to March 20, 2023, to formally communicate to them the way forward on the disbursement of the funds or they will declare new actions to be taken five days after the deadline.