By Cecil Mensah
The Board Chairman and the management of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), have pledged their unflinching support for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital, Dr. Gilbert Buckle, for his prudent management of the Internally Generated Funds (IGF).
The Board, said the CEO has introduced prudent fiscal measures, which included the streamlining of revenue collection and blocking revenue leakages.
This initiative has led to the realization of GHC 1.1 million, aside the increment in fees at the hospital.
This, the Board said, has helped reduced the debt profile of the hospital and continue to urge it on as the premier hospital in the country.
The Board, said the hospital as of July 2015, owes suppliers GHC 6,275,202.83 and by year ending November 2015, has paid GHC 5,394,210.00, representing a reduction of 86 percent.
Prof. Anthony Mawuli Sallar, the Board Chairman of the hospital made these revelations at a press conference in reaction to some allegations raised by the members of the Korle-Bu Senior Staff Association (KOSSA) and a petition by the Nurses and Midwives Association in Accra.
He said, in relation to staff allowances, the hospital owes GHC 2,413,590.00 as of July 2015, and has paid 594,447.00, representing 25 percent.
He said, the hospital had no judgment debt accrued due to acts, commissions or decisions of the CEO and the new Board since coming into office in September, 2014.
According to him, judgmentdebt of GHC 875,809.53, had been incurred by the hospital from August 2011 to June 2014 and out of this amount GHC 250,304.16 has been paid in August 2015 by the current management.
He stated that, there has been no personal travel of the CEO funded by the hospital since coming into office, the CEO has embarked on four approved travels to the following destinations: Chicago, Atlanta, India and Taiwan and all were paid for trips and not borne by the hospital.
‘’Upon assumption of office of the CEO and the Board, we inherited a situation in which the hospital had procured a Audi A6 as the official vehicle for the CEO and nine VW-Passats as the official vehicles for the use of Directors and their Deputies at the central administration,’’ he revealed.
According to him, the Audi A6 was valued to enable a decision to be made if it was cost effective to sell it and purchase a less expensive one.
In view of this, the State Transport Corporation (STC) and the vendor, Stallion Motors, were requested to re-value the vehicle and they both indicated that the vehicle had depreciated, he noted.
He said, the Board upon review of the two reports decided that selling the A6 would cause additional financial loss to the hospital so, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Board decided not to sell it.
He added that for the nine other cars, the Ministry asked the beneficiaries to pay for it or return it to the Ministry since it was bought from the IGF without the Ministry’s permission.
He added that two of the vehicles have been assigned as duty post vehicles to the Director of Medical Affairs and the Director of Finance and the amount paid by the hospital are being recovered.
He stressed that the hospital has traditionally not been recovering costs and in 2014 when the CEO assumed office with the Board’s approval secured a parliamentary approval to increase the hospital’s fees and charges by an average of approximately 150 percent for the year 2015 leading the gains being made by the hospital.