Awuni Akyireba, a former accounts officer at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital’s (KATH) Biostatistical Unit, claims that requests from KATH workers for the appointment of a CEO with inside expertise are needless.
He claims that their request is ineligible since the hospital employs multiple directors and department heads who have no prior KATH system expertise.
In an interview with Don Kwabena Prah on EPA Hoa Daben on Happy98.9 FM monitored by Ghanatodayonline.com, he said that the government has the authority to select a CEO from a variety of backgrounds, including KNUST because of historical precedent.
“As to where the appointment will come from I can’t tell, but their point does not hold water. The point is that precedence shows that past CEO of the hospital is from KNUST, KATH is a teaching hospital because of KNUST, without KNUST who would KATH be teaching to be called a Teaching hospital,” Awuni emphasized.
“Apart from the past CEO, Prof Ohene Agyei, current director of the administration has no KATH system experience. Director of Finance, Director of Nursing are not from the hospital, this is just directors level only, if we can bring in directors with no KATH experience, why can’t we bring in CEO from outside, especially KNUST,” he stated.
Any attempt to disentangle KATH from KNUST, he cautioned, fails to recognize the dynamics and structure of the system’s culture.
I cannot endorse the call if you assert that KNUST is not a component of KATH because you do not comprehend the system’s dynamics and organizational culture, he said.
He continued by saying that the president alone has the authority to pick the CEO of KATH and should consider candidates who would aid in the implementation of government programs.
He continued, “Is at the president’s discretion, he will look for someone who can help implement and achieve government policies as a choice”.
“The consideration for appointing a KATH CEO should be competency, which the staff can only morally persuade and suggested the management to consider a competent staff but does not make it an entitlement that if it is not from us we are on strike Oheneba Danso who just left was from within, what did he do? He used the hospital funds for COVID to buy cars and other personal project, which is on public records, so that call is not convinced for me.” Mr Awuni concluded.
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Louis Gyamerah