Government has scrapped the system of bonding trainee nurses and midwives in the country.
It comes on the back of its inability to employ the thousands of graduates currently pushing for jobs in the health sector.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the 4th annual general meeting and scientific conference of the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives Deputy Health Minister, Tina Mensah said “Now bonding is no more there so you have not been bonded, you are free to go”.
She also indicated that the trainee allowance being paid should not be misconstrued as a form of bonding,”When you are given allowances it doesn’t mean you have been bonded”s he noted. She however did not give details on when the decision was taken.
Government in 2005 introduced the bonding of trainee nurses and midwives to curb the brain drain in the health sector.
Under the bonding system, nurses trained in public health training institutions had to serve in Ghana for five years before they could leave the country to practice elsewhere.