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RCN fellow arrested in Malawi fuel protest

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An honorary fellow of the RCN has been arrested after leading a protest against fuel shortages.

Dorothy Ngoma was arrested in Malawi with members of the National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi as they demonstrated against the fuel shortage, which they say is affecting the ability to take patients to hospital.

RCN Scotland board member, Geoff Earl, who visited Malawi earlier this month, said Ms Ngoma and her colleagues were heading to deliver a petition to the Malawian president when they were surrounded by armed police and arrested.

All protestors were later released.

Mr Earl said: “I have been in contact with Dorothy and can report that she is safe but that she is determined not to be intimidated when she is just protecting the interests of her patients and fellow nurses.

“In this she demonstrates why she is held in such high regard by the RCN”.

Ms Ngoma was made an honorary member of the RCN for her “outstanding contribution to nursing in Malawi”, where she grew the membership of her nurses’ organisation from 50 to 3,000 in just five years.

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  • Other countries have different rules, regs and culture making it highly risky to protest against their policies.

    'Ms Ngoma was made an honorary member of the RCN for her “outstanding contribution to nursing in Malawi”, where she grew the membership of her nurses’ organisation from 50 to 3,000 in just five years'
    Does 'her nurses organsation' mean the RCN and to whom is this a credit apart form the RCN itself?

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  • Stuart McLauchlan

    "I’d be interested to know how much of our monthly subs went to pay for Geoff Earl’s little visit to Malawi."

    None. Geoff's visit was paid from funding through the Scottish Goverment as aprt of its ongoing support to Malawi.

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  • Dorothy is a credit to 'her' union, the National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi, (membership now at almost 8,000; just under 80% of potential membership). Nice to see that there are one or two people who like to make snide remarks whilst remaining anonymous. Fortunately you will be very much in the minority.
    My work in Malawi cost the RCN nothing, I actually pay the organisation for the use of some financial services.

    PS Thanks for the clartification Stuart.

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  • I see my previous post was deleted. Obvioulsy we're not allowed to comment on the RCN's double standards on these forums: heaping praise on an individual who takes direct action in another country, yet pouring scourn on their own paid-up members for contemplating strike action in this country when patient care is compromised.

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