Nurses threaten action if ‘plight’ is not addressed

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By Maimuna Sey-Jawo

Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital Nurses’ Association is threatening to take action if relevant authorities fail to address their plight.
The nurses are demanding the ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the other relevant stakeholders increase their salaries, and provide resources necessary to do their job.
Sanna Darboe, the deputy PRO of the Nurses Association, said they have been making failed attempts since 2017 to bring authorities to the table to discuss these issues underpinning them.

“We have engaged the hospital management since the inception of the Association in 2017 so that amicable solution can be found, and series of letters have been written and sent to the various stakeholders including the Ministry of Health, Nurses and Midwives Council, the National Assembly select committee on health, the secretary general and head of civil service and the Personal Management Office among others,” he explained.
Despite these attempts, “nothing substantial” has been done to address these challenges,” he said at a press briefing recently.

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“As a result we call on the press to bring attention to the general public about these issues. We want every individual and all stakeholders to know that we are committed to ensure that these challenges are taken care of.
“We are calling on the hospital management and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that such key relevant issues are handle with urgency. Our Salaries should commensurate with our counterparts in other hospitals, sustain availability of materials to ensure good working condition for nurses and patients’ safety.

“We are committed to continue the process of dialogue, therefore, we call on the hospital management to give our plights a positive response, failure to do so may result in alternative action,” Darboe warned.

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