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Lab staff demands insensitive - Tamale Hospital boss

Thursday, 07 April 2016 09:52

The Chief Executive Officer of the Tamale Teaching Hospital Prosper Akangbong has described the 40 per cent request by laboratory workers of internally generated funds as staff motivation allowances as insensitive.

Mr Akangbon was reacting to claims by staff of the laboratory department that the CEO together with some board members has decided to outsource some laboratory services.

The workers had alleged that there was no stakeholder consultation between workers and management as per the public-private policy (PPP) thus giving management a 72-hour ultimatum to rescind its decision.

Speaking to Accra-based 3FM on Wednesday, April 7, Mr Akangbon maintained that the decision by management to outsource the Paracitology, Bacteriology, Chemical Pathology, Endocrinology and Sample Collection sections of the Hospital has become the only option following the abysmal services for the past one year.

According to him, management noticed a conflict of interest in the operation of these services as most workers at the laboratory were allegedly involved in the management of other laboratories where laboratory tests were either directed to or not performed with the needed attention.

He lamented this has resulted in inconsistency in results produced by staff which makes it virtually impossible to diagnose patients and render the appropriate medications.

"The act has gone further to affect the outfit in income generation. Funds injected in the facility have yielded no dividends, and requests to perform certain tests outside the hospital endanger the lives of patients especially when they have to leave the hospital premises just to perform basic laboratory tests outside the walls of the hospital".

But this the workers have blamed on the unavailability of reagents and the breaking down of equipment such as chemistry analyzer, the only one in the country and others like the distilling plant that produces distilled water for laboratory operations.

According to the CEO, "a request was made to staff to present a proposal to cover a way forward in increasing efficiency. However, the proposal presented to management for consideration was a financial base with a breakdown of how funds generated should be apportioned to various units which had no technical solutions".

This involved a demand of 40 per cent of internally generated funds as staff motivation allowances with only ten per cent going to the coffers of the hospital for sustainability.

He said, "the decision to outsource was a requirement from the board of directors after a team was sent to the Ridge and Komfo  Anokye  hospitals to study their methodology for efficiency. Their visit to these hospitals revealed that the ability of these facilities to rise up to scratch was as a result of outsourcing thus replicating the same practice in Tamale Teaching Hospital would position the facility to render tertiary health care with value for money".

He assured workers of the safety of their jobs and added "capacity building by the company that will win the bid to manage the facility as per requirements outlined in the bidding process".

By Zubaida Ismail|tv3network.com|Ghana