The Industrial action in which 5 974 nurses withdrew their services ended yesterday 22 April 2018. The total number of nurses employed in the public health sector is 16 974. Services in our hospitals have since returned to normal utilising those nurses who did not participate in the industrial action beefed up by the recruitment of qualified nurses who were not in employment as well as nurses below 70 years who were retired. In addition all nurses who were on official leave were recalled to duty.
The majority of nurses who were dismissed have since reapplied for re-engagement and Government has permitted them to resume duty pending final approval from the employer. As we carry out these recruitment processes the MOHCC has allocated specific quotas per institution of new RGNs to recruit. Institutions are directed to recruit to the maximum allocated figure. We have enough trained/qualified nurses who are unemployed to fill up these allocated quotas.
It is regrettable and unfortunate that the nurse fraternity chose to down tools when Government was seriously addressing the issues that nurses and other health profession categories had raised in terms of allowances and relativities. Government is urgently looking into the outstanding cross cutting issues/challenges and will resolve these as soon as possible.
We thank those nurses who continued to provide their services over this period. We wish to sincerely thank members of the public for their understanding during this period.