Ridge Hospital suspends staff over malpractice

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The Greater Accra Regional (Ridge) Hospital, has suspended two of its staff for engaging in administrative malpractices which has the tendencies of tarnishing the image of the hospital.

The suspended officers are; Thomas Osei, Medicine Counter Assistant and Divine Kumordzi of the Sewing Unit of the Hospital.

Thomas Osei is serving a two week suspension without salary for inappropriate and unauthorised sale of PPEs on the hospital premises while Divine Kumordzi would refund all monies realised with regard to unauthorised and inappropriate sale of face masks on the hospital premises. He is also serving a two weeks suspension without salary.

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These officers were caught by BBC investigative team “Africa Eye” selling Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPEs) belonging to a private individual within the premises of the Hospital, a statement from the medical facility, Sunday, August 9, 2020, indicated.

The prescribed sanction is in line with the provisions of the Ghana health service Code of Conducts and Disciplinary Procedures.

“Even though these items do not belong to the hospital and does not also constitute the hospital’s COVID-19 stock, either donated or procured, their action constitute a breach of the Ghana Health Service Code of Conduct.

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The release noted that “As a hospital we do not encourage this behaviours since it may adversely affect their output and also be misconstrued by the public as items of the facility.

The statement said: “Management stopped the practice immediately it came to its attention and ordered an auditing of the stock of PPEs before arriving at its conclusion.”

“We want to use this opportunity to assure our stakeholders that all donations and items procured which are routed through the Hospital’s Main Stores managed by a Senior Supply Manager and Head of Stores and supervised by Head of Administration are all intact.

“Management would like to use this medium to send strong warning to staff who will violate rules and regulations governing the hospital.”

SourceAngel FM

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