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Korle-Bu hospital, others sued by interdicted directors

TWO INTERDICTED Directors of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital have filed a suit at the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court to seek an injunction on the advertisement of their positions as vacant.

The Directors, Bright Kwame Korkoryie and Dr Nurudeen Mohammed, in a writ of summons dated November 22, 2018, are also praying the court to compel the defendants, including the Attorney General, the Governing Board of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the Board Chairman of the hospital, to refrain from continuing with the process of revoking their (plaintiffs) employment.

They are also seeking a declaration that, the defendants’ advertisement of the vacancy of plaintiffs’ position is ultra vires and contravenes the powers conferred on them.

The plaintiffs also want an order to restore the 1st defendant to his position.

The 1st plaintiff claimed that he was on leave when he saw the said advert on pages 42 and 43 of the dailies of Friday October 12, 2018 relating to his position.

He said he was traumatised and had to be resuscitated by other doctors as a result of the emotional trauma he went through and the high blood pressure.

The plaintiffs claim they raised the issue at a Board meeting on October 25, but the board chairman insisted the action was lawful.

The plaintiffs, thus, resorted to the court action to get the court to order for the defendants to rescind their decision.

The plaintiffs also want costs to be awarded against the defendants.

The writ of summons

Background

It would be recalled that, some top seven directors of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital were not long ago interdicted.

The interdiction of the directors took place after advertisements of their positions were run in the dailies as though those positions were vacant.

The directors struggled hard to understand what might have triggered the advertisement of their positions that were not vacant in their view.

The directors’ positions were advertised in the Daily Graphic of Friday, October 11, 2018 under the caption ‘Appointment of Directors’ as well as the Daily Guide, though the directors were at post.

Of all the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital directors’ positions advertised, five were occupied by senior public servants duly appointed.

These positions were Director of Medical Affairs, Director of Administration, Director of Pharmacy, Director of Finance and Director of Human Resource.

 Meanwhile, the only vacant positions occupied by Acting Directors are the Director of Nursing and Midwifery, as well as the Director of General Services.

The defendants, eleven in all, are expected to enter appearance.

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