August 11, 2022


‘I save £500 a month operating in UK; I gained’t come again’ – Ghanaian-trained nurse

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Samuel, now not his actual title, a Ghanaian nurse who has migrated and is practising in the UK interacted with Bernard Avle at the Citi Breakfast Display on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

Samuel says he had practised in Ghana for 8 years, sooner than shifting to the UK.

He shared with Bernard his motivation for shifting to the United Kingdom.

“Issues have been in reality difficult on the time, particularly for nurses. So after I had the chance to depart the rustic [Ghana], I did all I will to take hold of it. I heard about this chance from some buddies who have been in the United Kingdom already.”

“The method takes between 6 months to a yr. I didn’t must pay any cash. I simply wrote the IELTS, an English Language skillability take a look at, and a few others. I then carried out to sign up for the United Kingdom NMC. They then invited me into the rustic. I then looked for a fit in a sanatorium in the United Kingdom. I were given a sponsorship letter from the sanatorium, after which were given myself a visa.”

Consistent with Samuel, there’s a international of distinction between the prerequisites of provider in the United Kingdom and what he skilled again in Ghana.

“We’re allowed to head with our households. I went with my spouse.  We didn’t battle in any respect. I used to be given a month’s lodging at no cost. My spouse is a midwife as smartly. She is permitted to head throughout the procedure and protected a task for herself. I’ve been right here for 3 weeks, and I should say, that is my best possible choice but. It is a excellent position and I can counsel each Ghanaian nurse to practice in my footsteps. There’s a huge distinction between the prerequisites of provider right here [in UK] and in Ghana. We’ve the entirety we want to paintings with. I don’t have to think about what to consume at paintings.”

“I paintings for 12 hours an afternoon, we earn no less than 12 kilos an hour. I earn greater than that. I don’t spend such a lot on transportation. I are living 20 mins clear of my place of job, and so I most commonly stroll. When I used to be in Ghana, I used to be not able to avoid wasting as much as even GH¢1000. In the United Kingdom, I’m able to save greater than 500 kilos in a month, that’s round GH¢4500 in Ghana.”

He indicated that greater than 15 of his associates had additionally migrated.

This was once his response when he was once requested when he supposed to go back to Ghana: “Come again? I’m certain I can come again if I want to come down and notice my folks. However in case you are asking if I intend to return again and paintings in Ghana, that’s inconceivable. Let’s be frank.”

“Management must have to head the additional mile to make us go back,” he added.

In the meantime, the Ghana Registered and Midwives Affiliation is urging the federal government to regard the problem of exodus of well being staff with the urgency it merits.

The Union of Skilled Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG) had previous expressed fear concerning the seeming migration of Ghanaian well being staff, particularly nurses and midwives, from the rustic to the United Kingdom to paintings.

In an interview at the Citi Breakfast Display, the President of the Ghana Registered and Midwives Affiliation, Perpetual Ofori Ampofo prompt the federal government to “sit down up” if it needs to scale back the mind drain phenomenon.

“I can now not drive those nurses from migrating to the United Kingdom. The prerequisites of provider in the market are higher than what we’ve right here. We’ve an increasing number of engaged executive in this factor, however it sort of feels all our makes an attempt don’t seem to be taken significantly.”

“This must move to place the federal government on its feet. A large number of those nurses will migrate at least alternative. Our nurses and midwives are improvising every day. The federal government wishes to sit down up right away.”

The Union of Skilled Nurse and Midwives has joined calls through some public sector staff for the federal government to pay them a 20% value of residing allowance (COLA).

The allowance, they are saying, is to assist cushion them from the tough financial scenario within the nation.

The union argues that the federal government seems to be dragging its ft with reference to making sure their welfare.

Supply: Citinewsroom