Corruption in recruitment of nurses by Govt exposed

 

SOME graduating nurses are being asked to pay as much as K5, 000 for them to be recruited for employment in the civil service, it has been learnt.

A near-victim of the practice who spoke on condition of anonymity, appealed to Government to do away with the current recruitment exercise for nurses and revert to the old system to avoid corruption.

She said the current system was being grossly abused by some recruitment officers in the Ministry of Health to amass wealth for themselves.

Speaking in a walk-in interview with Daily Nation in Ndola, the nurse said she had been a victim of some officers demanding money for her to be placed on the recruitment list.

“Three weeks ago, someone called me on my phone claiming that he was from the Public Service Commission (PSC) and he asked for K5,000 as he had the link to the new list being drafted of nurses to be employed by Government.

“When I asked for details of the account to deposit the money into, he insisted that the system had people on the ground to collect the fees with assurance of being employed,” she said

But when she demanded for more details, the caller hung up on her and when she tried to call back, the line failed to connect.

She said for the last three years very few registered nurses had been employed and the situation was precipitating desperation among the unemployed trained personnel.

She claimed the new system of recruitment required nurses to apply for jobs or one to search in clinics for possible vacancy  and then report the findings to the ministry.

She has also appealed to the Minister of Health Dr Chitalu Chilufya to look into  the matter of practicing licence fees imposed on nurses that were yet to be employed.

“I completed three years ago and I have been paying for the practicing licence for the last three years despite not being employed. It is not realistic that we pay when we are not earning any income,” she said

She called on the Ministry of Health to get rid of this kind of corruption in the recruitment exercise which would eventually tarnish the image of Government.

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2 Responses to “Corruption in recruitment of nurses by Govt exposed”

  1. MANDA says:

    THIS IS AFFECTING ALL PROFESSIONS, IT IS IMPERATIVE UPON MINISTERS TO PRETEND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A JOB SO THAT THEY CATCH UP WITH THESE CRIMINALS PERSONALLY. IT IS HAPPENING IN THE DEFENCE FORCE, ZAMBIA POLICE, PRIVATE SECTOR ETC.

  2. Disturbed says:

    Aah? Does the Ministry of Health know their personnel requirements and where these are to deployed? Why then should a nurse or indeed any applicant be exposed to such hardships? This is extremely ridiculous to say the least.

    Trouble is that in government no one is responsible eneogh to admit tha things are not right. let alone pick the courage to inveatigate in order to find out the truth about the matter. They will childshilly say there is no evidence. In the meantime they are receiving the kickbacks.

    It is time the government bahaved as expected by the public.

    Corruption is worse than malaria.If no one at the top of the hierarchy is willing to die a little for the common man there will be nothiong to call a governmnent(Civil service).

    I challenge the Minister of Health, through jhis permanent secretatry to revisit the employment procedure to prevent corruption. Mind you Sir, your ministry sitll stinks with the ”Cashgate scandle”which has dented the image of this nation.
    Get your boys on their feet, working for this country and not simply for their pockets.

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