A former Chief Executive Officer for the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has advised that the leader of the hospital should not be appointed by government.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Dr. Frimpong Boateng who was also the head of the Cardiothoracic unit insisted that “government should not appoint the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Korle Bu, it is a mistake.”
According to him, “the CEO of Korle Bu is appointed by the board so anytime government meddles in it, it creates problems for the institution.”
[contextly_sidebar id=”d9EQPFzBEcUL8SVrlOnFiDmGBAYAfYjL”]In 2014, there was a tussle between the senior staff association of the hospital and management over the former acting CEO Albert Okpoti Botchwey.
They called for his dismissal after it was alleged that he had mismanaged the hospital’s funds.
Though the former Health Minister, Sherry Ayittey subsequently ordered for his dismissal, the current sector Minister, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah overturned it.
However after weeks of a back and forth between both parties, President John Dramani Mahama subsequently appointed Dr. Gilbert Buckle, an internationally-recognized Public Health Physician, as the new Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
Speaking on these recent developments at the hospital, Dr. Frimpong Boateng said “everything appears to be degenerating at the hospital.”
He further observed that the health institution is cash-strapped and lacks resources to carry out its operations.
“Korle Bu is a big place which is not well funded and there are challenges. Korle Bu will always have problems.”
By: Marian Efe Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana