Malawi government is at risk of paying compensation money for its decision to withdraw nurses it had recently recruited without providing valid reasons.
According to former president of Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) Elia Kamphinda Banda, government will lose money if the withdrawn nurses take legal action.
“Government should prepare losing a lot of money to these nurses, because there are some things that were attached like letters of appointment, what was remaining were terms and conditions. If they are to seek legal actions, they are likely to be compensated” said Banda.
Banda further condemned government for failing to deploy nurses arguing that the health sector will have challenges due to the development.
“Because government has failed to deploy these nurses, the private sector will try to employ these nurses but that means we are going to have substandard health services due to lack of nurses in our hospitals and health centers,” said Banda.
Meanwhile executive director for Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) Martha Kwataine said they will engage government to reverse its decision.
““We are not letting this happen; we have met and will meet again to make sure that the decision is reversed. It’s the treasury that said there is no funding. Why should there be funding for a United Nations (UN) trip and no funding for health workers? ” questioned Kwataine.
Malawi government has withdrawn newly recruited nurses with diploma’s and degrees citing financial challenges that have rocked the treasury.