K’Bu Senior Staff in protest demo

The Senior Staff Union of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, yesterday embarked on a demonstration to demand the return of their interdicted president, Charles Offei- Palm.

Mr Offei-Palm was interdicted on March 17, by the hospital authorities on the grounds that he violated the media policy guidelines of the hospital, after granting interview to a radio station based in Accra.

Following his interdiction, the members of the union then gave the hospital authorities a four-day ultimatum to either reinstate him or face wrath saying they were prepared to lay down their tools.

Thus, yesterday’s demonstration by the union set the stage to fire the first salvo to the authorities, serving notice of their intent to engage in a series of demonstrations until  his reinstatement.

In an interview with The Ghanaian Times yesterday, Mr Offei Palm said the authorities did not give any platform for a hearing, as he was rather interdicted summarily four days after the interview.

Giving the thrust of the case, Mr. Palm said after the publication of an audited report of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in The Ghanaian Times, he was invited by a radio station to comment on the report.

Mr Offei Palm said during the interview, he gave a true picture of the audited accounts, and that, he believed, did not go down well with the authorities who interdicted him four days later under the guise of a media policy.

He said his disclosure of the true facts of the story behind the audited account, was on the premise that there was the need to give true reflection of the hospital challenges so as to solicit the necessary response to mitigate any future occurrence.

Mr Offei-Palm said as a unionist and the workers’ leader, he would not be cowed by any tactics to gag the union on issues pertaining to workers’ welfare.

Efforts to get an official response from the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital authorities proved futile.

 By Lawrence Markwei    

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