The management of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), has rejected allegations by the Senior Staff Association and nurses against Mr Gilbert Buckle, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital.
They described the allegations as baseless and subterfuge, saying it is a deliberate move to bring the image of the hospital to disrepute.
The association passed a vote of no confidence against Mr. Buckle, on the basis that he was being less effective, disrespecting staff, and that the management of the hospital and patients care was going down.
It says also that Korle-Bu’s Pharmacy lacks medicines, reagents and even consumables to attend to patients, while the theatres are currently closed down as a result.
Addressing journalists at a news conference in Accra yesterday, Dr. Anthony Mawuli Sallar, board chairman of KBTH, said the association had not made final submission of their concerns and allegations to the management or board of the hospital.
Dr. Sallar said the current board, on their term of appointment, met a situation characterised by an accumulated debt resulting in the acute and persistent shortages of medicines, non-drug consumables and other critical inputs required of services.
He said the hospital rather incurred a judgement debt of GH¢875,809.53 from August 2011 to June 2014, out of which GH¢250,304.16 was paid in August this year.
Commenting on the alleged mismanagement and siphoning of hospital funds by the management, the board chairman said the hospital had traditionally not been recovering cost, but had rather realised GH¢1.1 million through the blockage of revenue leakage and the streamlining of revenue collection.
“The hospital as of July, owed GH¢6,275,202.83 to its suppliers and had been able to pay a sum of GH¢5,394,210.00 as of November,” he said.
On the issue of the shortage of laboratory reagents, consumables and medicines, Dr. Sallar stated that the hospital at the beginning of the year was faced with acute shortage in medicines due to its inability to pay its suppliers but had reversed the trend and made 60 to 70 per cent of medicines available at the hospital.
With concerns raised on staff medicare, Dr. Sallar said that a committee had been established to consider proposals to start a hospital medicare for its staff next year, in line with the effective date of the commencement of the health sector conditions of service.
Dr. Sallah said “the board supports the CEO and has full confidence in him,” and assured clients of the hospital’s provision of continuous quality service in a sustainable manner.
He invited KOSSA to a meeting with the board to enable the two parties deliberate on the issues and find solutions to the pending challenges of the hospital.
By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey