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Ghana's premier Hospital Korle Bu senior staff drags management to court

Members of the Korle Bu senior staff Association are praying the court to among others, declare the disciplinary procedure against them null and void.

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Some members of the Korle Bu Senior Staff Association have sued management against what they call attempts by the Board and management of the hospital to intimidate their leaders.

The Senior Staff Association, led by Charles Offei-Palm, had called for the removal of the Chief Executive of the hospital, Dr. Gilbert Buckle, after passing a vote of no confidence him.

Read more: We won't interfere in Korle Bu impasse - Health Ministry

They have accused him of mismanaging the hospital’s internally generated funds and paying what they termed needless judgement debts.

But, the Hospital Board in a letter dated December 23, 2015, addressed to Mr Offei-Palm, described his attitude as one that shows "disregard for the hospital's policy and procedures for media engagement".

Gilbert Buckle, Chief Executive of Korle Bu Hospital play

Gilbert Buckle, Chief Executive of Korle Bu Hospital

 

The letter also accused  Mr Offei-Palm of "acting in a way that tends to tarnish the corporate image of the hospital and bringing the name of the hospital into disrepute."

See more: Korle Bu Staff call on CEO to resign

The development has however angered members of the Senior Staff Association to sue the management.

Members of the Association are praying the court to declare the disciplinary procedure against them null and void.

They want the court to "restrain the defendants, their agents etc from convening a board meeting of any kind and decide on recommendations or matters submitted to them by the Disciplinary Committee in relation to alleged misconduct perpetrated by the plaintiffs."

 

"Restraining the defendants, their agents etc from awarding any sanctions orally or in writing against the plaintiffs or in their personal capacities by way of warning, suspension, freezing of salary, dismissal or any other sanction of whatever description prescribed by the code of conduct of GHS."

 

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They are also seeking the court to declare a perpetual injunction "restraining the defendants from victimizing and harassing executive of plaintiffs in the discharge of their normal duties at KBTH."

"A declaration that the entire proceedings of the purported disciplinary committee hearing should be quashed."

"Damage for waste of productive working hours of the executive body of plaintiffs."

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