The government has temporarily suspended the recruitment of student nurses from May 2019 and beyond in order to review the nurses’ recruitment policy.

A circular dated 18 December 2018 and signed by the Permanent Secretary of health and Child Care Dr Gerald Gwinji has been sent out to all hospitals that offer nurses’ training.

Speaking to ZBC News, Dr Gwinji said this is a temporary measure to fine-tune nurses recruitment policies and processes to ensure they are standard and uniform across all institutions.

“This is a temporary measure to suspend pre-recruitment for candidates who are coming into nurse training for May 2019 and September 2019 going forward. We just want to fine-tune our recruitment policies and processes so that they are standard and uniform across our institutions,” said Dr Gwinji.

Dr Gwinji further said the Ministry will be communicating end of January or early February next year to nurse training institutions with regards to the process.

He clarified that nurses’ training has not been suspended per se and a group will be recruited in May 2019 under the revised training regulations.

“Nurse training per se is not suspended, it is not, we will have a group that will be taken in May but it will then be taken under the revised training regulations,” Dr Gwinji said.