A Former Board Chairman of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has revealed that he was sued for instituting reforms at the Hospital.
Speaking on the Super Morning Show on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye, stated that this happened after an audit was conducted and the outcome resulted in the Board having to effect some changes in the leadership of various departments.
“The Board did an audit of the leadership when we realised that there were some gaps. People were holding positions that they had no capacity to hold and if the leader has not got the capacity, there’s little he can do. So we had to sign them off [and] within a spate of a month, about 80 percent of leadership changed and it changed through due process,” he said.
Dr Okoe Boye was appointed Board Chair of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in 2018 by President Akufo-Addo. During his tenure, he instituted various reforms which he has detailed in his new book, titled ‘The Mother in the Monster.’
After reading Professor Frimpong Boateng’s book about the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital ‘Taming the Monster,’ in which he spelt out the challenges of the hospital, Dr Okoe Boye said he was inspired to institute reforms “and the vision was to make it a safe place for all patients.”
But this, according to the Medical Doctor, did not come without a fight as some of the Directors who were affected by the house cleaning exercise were not pleased. One filed a case against him at an Accra High Court.
“So there’s this perception that directorship is a lifetime career, which should not be so. Directorship is a privileged position that you occupy. You must have some profession already and then you are appointed as a director with a term and if the term expires you can get a renewal.
“But there was this director who said ‘why do you want me to go? I’m supposed to be here till I’m 60 years. So he sued me in court.
The former MP for the Ledzokuku Constituency was delighted to note that he won the legal tussle.
“By the grace of God we won the case and that opened the door for the reforms,” he revealed.
Among the reforms he highlighted was a change in the succession structure of the Hospital which he said had been a challenge for so many years.
“Until I got to Korle-Bu, most of the heads of departments were being appointed by the University of Ghana and people were asking how that was possible.
“For many years, the appointment letters were emanating from the Vice Chancellor’s office with little or no input from the Board and the CEO. But when I came, we did an audit and I realised that Section 41 of the Act that established Korle-Bu, states that the Board of the Hospital in consultation with the Medical School shall appoint all heads of unit.
However, this was not the case, “I’m happy to say we engaged all units and we actually put in place a structure to take care of succession and I’m happy to say that for the first time in over 50 years, Letters of Appointment of Heads of Departments that were appointed were signed for the first time, by the Board Chairman,” he noted.
- Paa Kwesi Schandorf: 5 things Otto Addo must fix after our game with South Korea
- Ashanti NSS boss insults nurse for correcting his daughter’s wrong medical prescription
- MTN Ghana to deactivate over 5.7 million subscribers SIM cards
- Government still wasteful but imposes austerity on Ghanaians – Joe Jackson
- Fire destroys shops at Kantamanto market
- That is not my style – Ashanti Regional NSS boss apologises for insulting nurses
- Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo: The day Kudus shone, in Jordan’s shadow
- Ex-Black Stars midfielder Sulley Muntari retires, age 38
- ‘Mr and Mrs Adeleke’: Fans gush over photos of Chioma with Davido and her in-laws during 1st public appearance
- World Bank concerned about Ghana becoming more reliant on natural resource extraction
- 2022 World Cup: Koulibaly powers Senegal to last 16 after win over Ecuador
- NSS summons Ashanti boss for investigation
- Play Soccer Ghana commemorates Global Peace Games 2022
- State Prosecutors call Manasseh Azure Awuni as first witness in trial of former PPA boss
- Why NGOs should embrace digitisation of payments and collections
- Amassing wealth as a politician is wickedness – Executive Director of CNIR
- Qatar 2022: You risk going to jail if you resell match tickets – Sports Minister warns Ghana supporters
- Kantamanto market fire: we need stakeholder engagement to provide affordable microinsurance – Insurance Brokers Association
- South Sudan urged to prosecute top officials linked to rape
- Sack Ashanti Region NSS boss; he is unfit to be director in public service – GRNMA tells government
- Cardinal Baawobr was a champion for the poor – Wa Catholic Diocese
- Removal of e-levy threshold inappropriate – IEA
- NHIS records highest active membership in Northern Region
- 2023 Budget debate must not proceed until Finance Minister is present – Dr Forson
- Kantamanto Market: Heartbreak as fire consumes goods, stalls