Korle-Bu Board rubbishes allegations against CEO

The Board and Directors of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has debunked the recent allegations levelled against the Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) Dr. Gilbert Buckle over the mismanagement the hospital’s fund.

Addressing Journalists at a press conference in Accra, the Board Chairman of the hospital Professor. Anthony Sallah Mawuli, stated unequivocally that, the allegations made by the Korle Bu Senior Staff Association (KOSSA) that they incurred a judgment debt of GH¢100 million and also siphoning of funds should not be regarded . Since there is no iota of truth in such wild allegations.

According to him,no judgement debt has accrued to the hospital since assuming office in September 2014.

“A judgment debt of GH¢ 875, 809.53 had been incurred by the hospital from August 2011 to June 2014. Out of this amount GH¢ 250, 304.16 has been in 2015 at August 2015,” he explained.

More so , he said, there has been no personal travel of the CEO funded by the Hospital. Since assuming office the CEO has embarked on four approved official travels.

This he said, for all these travels of the CEO, Board permission was secured and the Minister of Health was informed as required.

According to him, the Executives of KOSSA were requested in line with due process to formally present their concerns and allegations , with the necessary evidence to the board to enable the Board initiate the appropriate process in order to investigate the act accordingly.

He said, KOSSA further intimated there was ‘High Tempers and Tensions’ in the hospital. This, this were asked to provide the management with information as to what was informing this opinion; but KOSSA could not concretize anything in particular.

” KOSSA has declined on two different occasions to meet the Board and the present its concerns with the necessary supporting evidence,” he pointed out.

Touching on financial mismanagement and siphoning of hospital funds, he noted that the hospital has not been recovering costs.

Adding that, in 2014 , immediately assuming office , the CEO with Board approval, requested for and secured Parliamentary approval to increase the hospital’s fees and charges by an average of approximately 150% for the year 2015. The approval rates were introduced in June 2015.

According to him, the introduction of prudent fiscal measures , which included the streamlining of revenue collection and blocking revenue has led to the realization of 1.1 million.

In addition, to the introduction of new fees and charges in June 2014, the debt profile has significantly reduced.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Gilbert Buckle, however assured the Government and the good people of Ghana, that Board and the Management will continue to deliver quality services in sustainable manner to improve the health sector.

Dr. Gilbert Buckle, was appointed in August 2014 and assumed office in September the same year.

By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/NewsGhana.com.gh

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