Workers want Nana Addo to sack Korle-Bu CEO

The Korle Bu Senior Staff Association (KOSSA) has said it wants the new government to sack Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Gilbert Buckle as well as some other senior management officials and the Board.

This follows reports that Dr Gilbert Buckle alone, the Chief Executive Officer of the nation’s biggest hospital, took home 21,000 cedis in Christmas bonuses at the end of 2016.

Each staff member was also reported to have received 100 cedis while those in management positions took home in total 17,000 cedis. Dr Buckle has since denied the allegations.

But in a statement signed by Vice-President of KOSSA, Mr Augustine Sowah, the senior staff said the only way to resolve issues at the hospital is “to interdict the CEO, the Director of Finance and the Internal Auditor and constitute a new board with immediate effect.”

The workers say they are surprised that the immediate past government’s appointees to the board are “claiming innocence of the outrageous payments allegedly made by the Dr Buckle management to itself”.

“We at KOSSA do not believe this. But we ask, since when did Prof Mawuli Sallar and his board lose confidence in Dr Buckle and his leadership style? When we raised the preventive red flags about Dr Buckle, did he and his board not rubbish it and come after us?” the statement asked.

The workers also made reference to some caution letters they had earlier sent to the board and former Health Minister Alex Segbefia to warn its members about the actions of the CEO.

“We wish to refer Ghanaians to two main letters and reports: the first was dated April 16, 2016, and expressly addressed to Mr Segbefia, with the heading: Acts of impunity by the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital board and management.

“Prof Sallar’s board is mentioned because we tried to help him understand the plots but it looked as if there was either a political motive or sectional interest he pursued, culminating in this recent disaster from which he now wants to extricate himself,” it said.

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