It was NPP that canceled trainee nurses allowance – Alex Segbefia

    /    Dec 1, 2016   /     Health, NewsBreak  /    0 Comments  /    1197 Views

Health minister, Alex Segbefia has alleged that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) when in power initiated the process to cancel the trainee nurses allowance, but have turned to politicize the implementation of the termination.

“We met the policy position put in there by the NPP, indicating that the nursing allowance should not be continued. Students’ allowance should be substituted with a loan. We then agreed and implemented the policy.”

Speaking to Accra based Citifm, Alex Segbefia further said that, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration considered the cancellation policy helpful to the state considering the financial burden the allowance has put on government.

Government cancels trainee nurses allowance

Government halted the payment of allowance to trainee nurses in 2014 in an effort to expand the admission capacity of the health colleges across the country.

The John-Mahama administration explained that government wants to increase the student admittance rate and also expand the infrastructural capacities of the health colleges.

The governing NDC received a widespread condemnation from some Ghanaians over the cancellation of both the trainee teachers and nurses’ allowance.

However, government maintained its position not to restore the allowances but replace it with a tax-exempted loan scheme to help students while in school.

The transport minister, Fifi Kwetey said the NPP have no genuine sympathy for the affected students because it would have eradicated the allowance if they were in power.  

Source: Sani Abdul-Rahman |

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