16:46, 17.Dec 2015
The Korle Bu District of the Ghana Registered Nurses' and Midwives' Association (GRNMA) has petitioned President John Dramani Mahama to sack the Chief Executive of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. They have also made an appeal to the Ministry of Health to that effect.
The agitation by the nurses underscores a vote of no confidence passed in Mr Gilbert Buckle, by the hospital’s Senior Staff Association last week.
The nurses stated in their petition that they lack logistics and sometimes risk their lives in the line of duty because they do not have protective gear.
They also said a lot of resignations have resulted in the hospital being understaffed, thus piling pressure on those left.
They also questioned why nurses at the hospital have to pay for their own hospital bills and buy their own medicines when they fall sick.
The nurses said some health officials, who have raised concerns, have been threatened with dismissal while several other complaints have fallen on deaf ears.
According to them, they no more feel secure working at Korle Bu because they find the environment.
Meanwhile, Mr Kwaku Asante-Krobea, the National President of GRNMA, who spoke with Joy FM in an interview on Wednesday December 16, 2015, said the national body is yet to receive a copy of the letter. He expressed displeasure over the procedure adopted by the district nurses and also added that their grievances do not warrant the CEO’s dismissal.
“There was a discussion held among the regional association groups and I was informed about developments in the hospital, including the treatment meted out to nurses in relation to their welfare, and also the fact that the CEO doesn’t want to make himself available for nurses to speak to,” he said.
Mr Krobea said although he does not have all the information about the development, “I do not think that it was enough grounds to ask for the dismissal of the CEO. I’ll have to press for details for what is happening at their end. But I’m told a letter has been written and sent to the headquarters yesterday, I’m out of town and should be there tomorrow to see what is actually in the letter”.
“I do not think that is appropriate. In terms of district, it is too much at the lower level and I think that the regional association should inform headquarters and then we can take up any such positions,” he noted.