According to him, there is a backlog of unemployed health professionals which government is working on clearing and assured that all qualified persons will be catered to.
Mr Cudjoe’s assurance comes on the back of an ongoing protest at the Ministry of Health by members of the Coalition of Unemployed Bonded Diploma Nurses who are demanding immediate postings.
The nurses spent Monday night at the Ministry in their bid to press home their demands and have vowed to picket for as long as it takes until they get what they want.
Issues surrounding unemployed health professionals were big talking points in the run up to the 2016 elections as various nurses groupings took to the streets countless times to demand postings from the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) made the employment of the nurses a key campaign promise and at the Town Hall Meeting organized to mark the first 100 days of the NPP in government, Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia indicated that approval had been given for 11,000 nurses to be employed but the Coalition of Unemployed Bonded Diploma Nurses say they have not been covered.
Some of the agitated nurses who spoke on XYZ’s breakfast show, XYZ Xpress, could not understand why their employment should delay while others in the military and police are immediately absorbed when they complete their training.
Robert Cudjoe explained that the financial clearance for the 11,000 nurses did not mean that all health professionals who completed school till date have been employed.
He disclosed that there are other clearances that the Ministry is expecting to forward to the various health agencies for recruitment to start.
He pleaded with the nurses (who have given government a three-day ultimatum to post them), to go home since there were administrative processes to be followed before they could even receive their postings.
Meanwhile, Deputy Health Minister, Tina Mensah, says government is working on revoking the bonding arrangement with trainee nurses. According to her, the bonding law must be reviewed to take the pressure off government.
The bonding arrangement was introduced by government in 2005 to curb the brain drain in the health sector.