The Senior Staff Association of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KATH) has now turned the heat on its Board Chairman, Eddie Annan, calling for his immediate removal.
Members of the association believe that his continued stay in office would affect the smooth running of the hospital.
A statement issued in Accra yesterday and signed by the President of the Association, Charles Nii Ofei-Palm, indicated, ‘We wish to humbly request for the reconstitution of the board to bring peace and industrial harmony to Korle-Bu which has eluded the hospital since the appointment of Mr. Eddie Annan as Board Chairman.’
It comes days after the outgoing Minister of Health, Sherry Ayittey, had caused the removal of the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Reverend Albert Okpoti Botchway, who they claimed had refused to vacate his post, with the backing of the Board Chairman.
They accused the sacked CEO of continuing to sign documents and fast-tracking activities including recruitment of staff.
‘Our fear is that his continuous stay in office might be injurious to the hospital as he is likely to conceal vital information’, the statement said.
Mr. Charles Nii Ofei-Palm further noted, ‘Considering the determination to defy the directive and anger shown by Messrs Eddie Annan and Botchway, we strongly believe they will frustrate and undermine the new Acting CEO if they remain as chairman and member of the board respectively, because of the danger they pose. We are once more calling for the dissolution of the board.’
This, he said, was because ‘Mr. Eddie Annan has divided the hospital and his removal is a necessary ingredient for peace, harmony and advancement of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.’
Much as the association said it was determined to ensure respect and compliance of superior directives for the betterment of the hospital, it warned, ‘If the directive of the Minister of Health is ignored or defied by Mr. Edward Annan, KOSSA will ensure the enforcement of the Minister’s orders and recognise Dr. Samuel Asiamah, as the acting Chief Executive.’
The members have consequently served notice that, ‘Effective 24th July, 2014, KOSSA will ensure the takeover of the CEO’s office and other facilities of the office to enable Dr. Samuel Asiamah assume duty as directed by the Ministry of Health.’
The Senior Staff Association has therefore resolved to ‘resist any attempt(s) by Mr. Eddie Annan, the Board Chairman, to disrespect and defy the directive that Rev. Albert Okpoti Botchway should step down as Acting CEO of the hospital.’
By Charles Takyi-Boadu
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