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Director of Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital removed to appease staff

Dr. Eugene Dordoye has been removed as the medical director of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, a decision taken by the Ministry of Health Friday to end the longstanding impasse that has affected healthcare delivery at the facility.

Public Relations officer of the Ministry, Robert Cudjoe, confirmed the removal of Dr. Dordoye to TV3’s Daniel Opoku Friday, after an emergency meeting convened by the Health Minister, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang Manu, in Accra to resolve the impasse.

It followed the latest action taken by the nurses and physician assistance on February 14 to stay away from work to press home their demand for Dr. Dordoye to be removed on claims of mismanagement and gross disrespect to staff.

For months, they staff have been up in arms with the medical director who they alleged, had put them in emotional and psychological stress.

Replacement

Mr. Cudjoe revealed processes are currently underway to scout for a new medical director to head the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, indicating they expect that to be completed by next week, our correspondent reported on Community Connect on 3FM hosted by Johnnie Hughes.

Earlier, the staff alleged their fundamental human rights were being trampled upon daily by the medical director who continuously disrespected nurses in the presences of patients and their relatives as well as student nurses.

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Government in 2017 said it was unable to remove the director as was being demanded by the staff, stating doing so would set a bad precedent.

Dr. Dordoye, was however made to undertake some courses in interpersonal and human relation management which he is yet to finish, but the staff insisted that was not enough, and declined the request by the Mental Health Authority to resume work.

READ: Ankaful staff shirk work until ‘oppressive’ Director trained

Public Relations Officer for the nurses, Emmanuel Ofori, told TV3’s Adwoa Adobea-Owusu Friday morning that they were not going to honour the invitation to meet with officials of Ministry Health because the meeting was being held in Accra.

“He [Mr. Ofori] believes it is not to approve their request but to negotiate with them again since this is not the first time they are being called to go to Accra,” our correspondent reported Friday morning.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

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