Turmoil In Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital


Board Causes Panic Among Directors

Some top directors of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, are being sacked in a kangaroo tactics by President Nana Akufo-Addo, through the hospital’s board chairman, Bernard Okoe Boye.

There is currently pandemonium in the nation’s premier hospital, after various director’s positions were declared vacant and advertisements were place in newspapers, inviting applicants, although there are officials already occupying the advertised  position.

The situation is being blamed on the inexperienced Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Board Chairman, Mr OkoeBoye, who many say was under instruction from the Jubilee House to ensure that all directors at the hospital are replaced with New Patriotic Party (NPP) members.

The positions were advertised in the Daily Graphic and pro-NPP newspaper; the Daily Guide of Friday, October 11, 2018, under the caption ‘Appointment of Directors’ although the directors are at post.

Investigation revealed that, five of the positions advertised were occupied by senior public servants, who were duly appointed.

They include; Director of Medical Affairs, Director of Administration, Director of Pharmacy, Director of Finance and Director of Human Resource.

Reports are that, the only vacant positions are the Director of Nursing and Midwifery, as well as the Director of General Services.

It is not clear, if the Directors currently occupying such positions are to reapply for the same jobs they are already doing.

The emergence of the advertisement, has also drawn questions of due processes and the fear that in the not too distant future the premier hospital could be saddled huge judgement debts as a result of these indirect dismissals.

The staff of Korle-Bu, are wondering what informed the new board chairman, Mr Okoe Boye, and other appointees of President Akufo-Addo, to advertise already occupied positions.

Many, however, suspect this is being done to get politically minded individuals to the various positions.

Meanwhile, there are working documents and Acts governing the activities of Directors of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital which clearly states that the positions are for public servants and not political appointees, warning they cannot be removed per change in government.

Workers of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, say they are surprised by the decision taken by the Board Chairman and some non-executive members of the board to do this.

“‘It’s really surprising and quiet unfortunate that a government that preaches and advocates for rule of law, has thrown the rule of law to the dogs and using kangaroo tactics to get legally employed public officers out of their jobs, in order to create vacancies for party men”, one worker fumed.

Currently, there is some uneasy calm among some management members, who have threatened to pursue legal action against the Board, government and the hospital, should they be removed from office, since they were legally appointed.





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