16:00, 22.Mar 2017
The Ministry of Health has said it cannot give Dr Thomas Anaba reasons for his transfer because the decision is not a dismissal.
The Public Relations Officer of the ministry, Robert Cudjoe, has said Dr Anaba’s request for explanations for his transfer is out of place because reasons are not assigned for such decisions in normal practice.
He was served with his transfer letter on Monday 15 May and asked to vacate his post in two hours. Dr Anaba was appointed amidst controversy on 1 February 2016 by President John Mahama. His appointment was to last till 2020 after which he would have had the option of reapplying to stay on.
Dr Anaba is, however, resisting his transfer. He is demanding to know if the transfer had the blessing of the Public Services Commission and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Council – which is yet to be constituted.
“I don’t exactly know why I have been dismissed,” he said on Wednesday, 17 May, in an interview on the sidelines of the official opening of the refurbished hospital, explaining: “The letter only said they are restructuring Ridge Hospital so for that matter ‘you are being released to go’, which I think is an absurd reason.
“They said I should hand over immediately, I can’t take two hours to hand over immediately because this is not a small project I was handling.
“I have documents, several things I have to tell the incoming director, however, I’ve requested for explanations why they dismissed me while I’m planning either to hand over or I continue, so, when they bring the response and I’m satisfied, I give them the handing over notes and I leave.”
But speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Friday, May 19, Mr Cudjoe said: “This is not a dismissal, it is transfer, and, so, he will not have any reasons.”
“I will urge him to move on and go to the place he has been transferred to, UDS, because the new medical director has taken over the management of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.”