Korle Bu Pharmacy closed down; staff stage demo

The Pharmacy Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has been closed as staff protest a directive to three of their colleagues to proceed on compulsory leave.

The directive is contained in a letter signed by Board Chairman Eddie Annan, and which named the three persons- Stephen Corquaye, Raymond Tetteh and Eric Kyei – all union leaders and asked them to take a vacation to allow for forensic audit to be conducted at the department.

The three had earlier accused the acting CEO; Rev Albert Botchwey, the board chairman, Eddy Annan and the entire management of the hospital of stalling activities at the pharmacies including taking over the procurement of pharmaceutical products.

Joy News’ Fred Smith reports from the Hospital, Tuesday, the entrance to the pharmacy has been locked with pieces of red cloth tied to the door handles.

The staff are demanding the letter asking their union leaders to proceed on leave to be withdrawn.

Meanwhile, staff of the hospital are said to be gearing up to stragetise to force the acting CEO of the Hospital, Rev. Albert Okpoti Botchwey out.

They claim Rev. Botwe has refused to hand over the office of CEO to the Head of Medical Affairs, Dr Samuel Asiamah, despite being directed to do so by former Health Minister Sherry Ayitey.

 A notice posted on a notice board read in part: “All staff of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital should embrace the people’s power for the takeover on Thursday 24th July 2014…” 

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