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KATH to improve quality of clinical care

Honorary Senior Specialists and Consultants with the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), have pledged their readiness to support the renewed drive by the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to elevate the quality of clinical care at the facility.

They stated that they fully share in the new CEO, Prof. Otchere Addai-Mensah’s passion for the transformation of the hospital into a true patient-centred one, and would work with him in the implementation of the right patient care policies and interventions to make this a reality.

The Consultants made the pledge at a meeting held in Kumasi at the instance of the new CEO.

The meeting was to enable him formally introduce himself to that cadre of staff and to solicit their advice and support for his transformational agenda for the hospital. In attendance was Prof. Christian Agyare, Provost of the College of Health Sciences, and Prof. Daniel Ansong, Dean of SMD, KNUST.

Taking their turns to speak after the opening remarks by the CEO, the clinical consultants noted that though they were staff of KNUST, they mostly spend their time at the hospital teaching their medical students and delivering clinical care. They however, said it was regrettable that the relationship between them and the management of the hospital in recent years had not been the best due to a number of discriminatory and unfair policies and actions that were pursued against them.

They commended the new CEO for his readiness to engage the group and other stakeholders in the administration of the hospital and submitted a list of measures that if pursued would allow them to give of their best to improve patient care, training and research at the hospital.

They urged management of the hospital to cease differentiating between its staff and that of the KNUST working at the hospital when it comes to issues of capacity-building, staff motivation, appointments and recognition of hard work as they deliver the same specialist care and training expected of any other  KATH employee. Other challenges they raised for urgent resolution was the need to encourage consultants to stay around and also create space for the teaching and examinations of medical students.

Admitting that there were times that KNUST and its staff at the hospital had also prioritised their interests at the expense of KATH, they called for a new paradigm shift in the relationship between the two institutions to ensure their mutual growth and development.

They urged their members to set the right examples as leading clinicians at the hospital by striving to be present during their duty days to offer and supervise patient-care and training.

Prof. Addai-Mensah expressed his gratitude for the high-powered representation of the university at the meeting and the frankness which had characterised the exchanges. He pointed out that during the early days of his training at the hospital as a house officer and resident, there was no difference between doctors from KNUST and KATH as they both worked together in the training of medical students and residents and provided care to patients.

“The recent divisions between the two groups had had adverse impact on the quality of patient care at the hospital and I am happy that all the Honorary Senior Specialists and Consultants at this meeting have acknowledged this and pledged to do their best to improve the situation,” he said.

He said he was determined to make KATH the best medical facility in the country and in the pursuance of this vision, his expectations of KNUST doctors and those of KATH would be the same and therefore, both cadre of medical professionals would be equally treated in terms of motivation, appointments and general recognition for hard work in accordance with due process.

On the issue of office for doctors, he said the hospital generally had a big problem with spaces but the hospital’s Board was assisting management to secure sponsorship for an abandoned office block project which was being constructed under a Government of Ghana funding. He was hopeful that when some technical challenges regarding its takeover by the hospital had been resolved, it could be completed soon to provide decent offices where consultants can take a rest in-between breaks and remain at the hospital during their duty days to respond to emergencies.

“I assumed this position very much aware that in spite of my passion and determination to make a difference, there is no way I can succeed without the active support and input of key stakeholders like our colleagues from the medical school. KATH is the only one we have and so let’s together make it the best around,” he concluded.

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