A board member of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Eric Atieku has backed a suggestion by Health Minister Alban Bagbin, for the board to be dissolved, saying the step has been “long overdue”.

Acknowledging that the minister would need the permission of the president to carry out his decision, he prayed the board would be dissolved within the next few days.

He disclosed that there has been “no consensus” at the meetings of the board because some members – pointing accusing fingers at the board chairman and CEO – have hijacked the board and taking decisions for the rest.

Mr Atieku who says he has not attended any board meeting for months now, said the boardroom wrangling is an indication that “all is not well” at the country’s premier teaching hospital.

“When it gets to this level, the board must be dissolved and reconstituted,” Mr Atieku told Joy News’ Dzifa Bampoh on Wednesday.

He cited, for instance, the decision to ‘revoke’ the appointment of the director of administration at the hospital, saying the act and other decisions taken by the two are very embarrassing.

He explained: “To me as a lawyer, there is nothing in the Labour Law called revocation of appointment: you either dismiss, suspend or terminate somebody’s appointment. But they wrote a letter that the director of administration is revoked and I think that that is very embarrassing.”

Mr Atieku insisted, “I will recommend that the board is either dissolved or the board chairman is removed.”

He said he has also challenged the appointment of the board chairman as “wrongful and illegal”, and has therefore written officially to President Mills to excuse himself from the board.

The situation has affected the effective running of the hospital, he said.

Meanwhile, Prof. Agyeman Badu Akosa, a former Director General of the Ghana Health Service, has added his voice to the debate, saying all evidence points to the fact that management there is not effective.

Dissolving the board alone would not solve the problems of the hospital, he noted, but said, “there is a total disconnect in the governing body of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital”.

Prof. Akosa suggested that Korle Bu, which he thinks is too big, must be divided into six hospitals to be managed by heads. For instance, the Children’s Ward could stand on its own as a hospital.

“Everybody I meet in Korle Bu is telling me that nothing is going well in Korle Bu …I expect the minister to be bold and do the right thing. And the first thing he must to do is to set up a quick independent review…”

He also stated that the autonomy of the three teaching hospitals – Korle Bu, Komfo Anokye and Tamale – should be removed so that together they would be run under one director general to allow for efficiency.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Prof Nii Otu Nartey has rejected the proposal by the Health Minister.

The CEO said there is no point dissolving a board that has done so well. He is planning a meeting to better explain his position to the minister.

Source: Joy Online

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