Members of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association, GRNA, have vowed to use all legal and moral instruments to resist any attempt by some stakeholders within and without the health profession to denigrate nursing in the country.
The GRNA said over the years, the Ghana Medical Association had always taken undue advantage as employers and top managers to deny other health professionals their due.
A Senior member of the GRNA, Mrs Alice Asare-Allotey in an interview said it is not surprised at all by the stand taken by GMA on the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS), as this has been their stock in trade over the years through divide and rule tactics.
She described as unacceptable, recent attempts by some GMA leadership to down grade some health professionals to pursue their selfish interest, saying “Nursing and midwifery are pivotal to public health and require the highest recognition.
Mrs Asare-Allotey said the GRNA and other health workers are monitoring the development between the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission as well as the Labour Commission and the GMA to ensure that its interest is not sacrificed to satisfy any group.
Mrs Asare-Allotey said it is heartbreaking that in the 21st century maternal health and child care are still facing challenges in developing countries, with unacceptably high indices in both maternal and child mortality rates, yet health workers devoted most time for internal squabbles.
The Senior GRNA member therefore appealed to the Ghana Health Service Council to immediately intervene to restore sanity in the health sector.
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