K’Bu CEO Dismissed Again

Rev-Okpoti-Botwe2President John Dramani Mahama has appointed Dr. Gilbert Buckle, the international Public Health Physician, as the new acting Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

His appointment takes immediate effect.

This appointment goes to nullify the directive by the new Minister of Health, Dr. Kweku Agyeman Mensah, for the dismmised CEO, Rev. Okpoti Botchway, to be reinstated.

A statement issued by the Head of Communications and Presidential Spokesperson, Ben Dotse Malor and copied The Ghanaian Times, said Dr. Buckle has more than 17 years experience working in the public and private health sectors in Ghana, with 12 years in senior management and leadership roles.

He served several years in Koforidua in the Eastern Region, and rose to Medical Director of the St. Joseph’s Hospital and also Municipal Director of Health.

Dr. Buckle until his appointment was the Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana, a group that provides about 20 per cent of all outpatient and 30 per cent of in-patient services in Ghana.

He graduated as a Medical Doctor from the School of Medical Sciences of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, in 1992, and earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University Of Ghana School Of Public Health in 1998.

Dr. Buckle is a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health, and also a Member of the Ghana Aids Commission.

In addition, he is a member of the Ghana Medical Association and the Public Health Association of Ghana.

Dr. Buckle is a professional certified Organizational and Systems Development Practitioner.

Workers of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) have threatened to embark on strike if the government does not dismiss the then Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Rev. Okpoti Botchway, by Tuesday, July 29, report Yaw Kyei and Gloria Mensah.

They gave the ultimatum yesterday, when they staged a demonstration at the hospital’s premises and submitted their grievances to the Director of Medical Affairs, Dr. Samuel Essiamah.

Earlier consultants and Specialists of the hospital on Wednesday, in a letter addressed to the President, and others, also demanded the immediate removal of Rev Botchway and the Board Chairman of the hospital, Mr. Edward Annan.

The Chairman of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Senior Staff Association (KOSSA), Charles Nii Kwadey Offei Palm, in an interview with The Ghanaian Times after the demonstration, warned the association would embark on a strike if the Health Minister did not enforce Rev. Botchway’s dismissal.

He said any attempt to reinstate Rev Botchway would be tantamount to glorifying wrongdoing and wanton disrespect for established authority and the rule of law.

“The hardworking staff of the hospital have refused to condone corruption and wrongdoing, and exposed the ‘supposed’ powerful people, despite the victimization, intimidations and threats to their lives. Something positive has to be done”, he pleaded.

Mr. Palm said “KOSSA believes that Ghana is not a lawless nation where certain individuals are deemed to be above the law such that they can break the law, with impunity and get rewarded”.

The petition stated that KOSSA, per its own investigations and experiences had no confidence in the current acting Chief Administrator and the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Edward Annan.

It urged that the two be replaced immediately with persons with the welfare of the hospital and workers at heart.

The petition demanded that a substantive CEO be appointed within three months, adding that the hospital had been without a substantive chief administrator since 2012.

The petition further requested that the CEO and the Board be appointed and given defined clinical and non-clinical targets to achieve.

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