”Even if you put a knife to my throat I cannot Employ you”-Minister to Unemployed Nurses

The Ministry of Health has informed privately trained nurses that they can’t be given job postings – Unemployed nurses had earlier gathered at the Ministry of Health premises to “demand job postings” after raising concern on several occasions

Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has informed privately trained nurses who have been picketing at the Ministry of Health for the past two days now that they cannot be employed.

The Coalition for Unemployed Private Nurses Association stormed the Ministry of Health on Monday, July 31 to demand postings.

According to the unemployed nurses, numbering over 300, they have been unfairly treated by the government since 2010. Speaking to the nurses at the Ministry of Health, Mr. Agyeman-Manu said he was helpless to the situation at hand. “I have told you that before I assumed office as the Health Minister, the financial clearance has been issued with names of people already on it, and it makes your situation bad”, he stated.

“So as it stands now I cannot change it but I have begun processes to have privately trained nurses employed but the financial clearance is not here. As I stand here now even if you put a knife to my throat I cannot employ you because I don’t have the financial clearance”, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu explained.

The representative for the private nurses protesting, Doreen Boateng has expressed concern regarding the minister’s remarks.

“In fact, it’s a problem, how can a whole father of health tell us that even if we put a knife at his throat there is nothing he could do for us”, she added that they will continue to picket until their demands had been addressed. “We are going to be there because we think that they are not telling us the truth, until they come out to assure us to come back at a particular date we will adhere, but if they just give us verbal promises, we will continue to loiter around.”