General News of Tuesday, 8 October 2013
New Patriotic Party (NPP) youth group, the Young Patriots say the acting Chief Executive of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Rev Albert O. Botchway, must resign his position for dereliction of duty.
The group, commenting on protests by junior nurses of the hospital who said they had not been paid for nearly two years, said the head of the hospital must take responsibility for the embarrassing situation.
These were contained in a statement issued in Accra.
Read below the full statement issued by the Young Patriots
Rev Albert O. Botchway, the acting CEO Korlebu Teaching Hospital must vacate his post with immediate effect, for gross dereliction of duty, and virtually selling out to the government instead of serving the interest of his staff especially the junior nurses who have been without pay for 21 months.
First and foremost, for the nurses to be without their pay for this long is squarely at the door step of the CEO who failed to address their salary concerns and allowed it to fester for 21 months. As a Pastor, one expects him to bring his negotiating skills to bear and ensure the poor suffering nurses had some relief, failing this; he should have resigned his position long ago.
It is unacceptable for a man of God to use his position to pursue the interest of the rich (GOVERNMENT) against the poor (NURSES). It was pathetic to hear the CEO justify the punishment the nurses have been through by simply equating it to the fact that every NEW GOVERNMENT has such challenges. This matter is not a new matter and the fact that it is two years old, goes to tell the lack of leadership at Korlebu.
We wish to congratulate the Junior Nurses for standing up for their right and urge them to continue demonstrating until they receive their full entitlements.
The government and the leadership of Korle-Bu understand only one language and that is REVOLT. Negotiating over 21 months yielded zilch whilst a day’s demonstration brought about a month’s salary.
It is our advice to them to consider declaring 21 days of strike and demonstration and in a couple of those days, their entire entitlements will be paid them. There is enough money to pay GYEEDA, LESDEP, and create another YOUTH FUND for members and functionaries of the NDC and yet not enough to pay nurses.
We further advise the leadership of junior nurses to evict the CEO from his office if he fails to resign or be sacked by the government as their grievances will never be attended to as long as he is in office. Kudos to you junior nurses of Korlebu and alluta continua.
FRED AMANKWAH SARFO