I write to express my views on the tension surrounding the agitation by less than 1% of the staff of KATH concerning the CEO position.
First and foremost, there are some stickers filed at some places with the inscription, ‘KATH DESERVES NEW CEO BUT WE NEED ONE OF OUR OWN’ AND ‘ NO KATH STAFF, NO CEO! WE ARE CAPABLE OF MANAGING OUR OWN AFFAIRS BY STAFF OF KATH’ and many more is total dishonesty to the service.
The first question is how is the CEO appointed. According to the Ghana Health Service and Teaching hospital ACT, 1996 Section 39(1), There shall be appointed by the board of Teaching Hospital Chief Administrators of the hospital shall be the chief executive officer and shall be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the teaching hospital.
In light of the above, we can deduce that it is silent on the one to select but over the years precedents have shown that people with some clinical knowledge are always preferred because of the nature of the work. The clinical knowledge is not limited to practising in the clinic but both academics.
There have been a lot of instances where non-KATH staff have served in various positions with some currently serving, so those chanting the mantra of NO KATH STAFF, NO CEO, why are they blind on that?
Below are some CEOs who have served at KATH and where they came from:
Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare – Tamale
Prof Ohene Agyei- KNUST
Dr. Akpalu - KNUST
Dr. Oheneba Danso - KATH
That’s the succession
Meanwhile, the current Director of Nursing, current Director of Administration and current Director of finance were not KATH Staff but were given the opportunity to serve at KATH.
The proponents of this baseless noise should be more concerned about who will make KATH better than what it is today and not some selfish agenda.
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