The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in a dramatic move in court Thursday morning withdrew its letter dismissing the Director of Pharmacy at the hospital.
The court had ordered the parties to settle dispute out of court but they returned to without any agreement.
In a dramatic turn of events, the hospital announced it was withdrawing a letter dismissing Elizabeth Bruce.
Joy News’ Fred Smith who was in court, said, the revocation of her dismissal does not however end her woes because an earlier decision by authorities of the hospital to interdict her is still in force.
Mrs Bruce was fighting her interdiction in court when the authorities sent her a letter dismissing her as director of Pharmacy at the country’s premier teaching hospital.
After receiving the dismissal letter, she filed a suit at the Human Rights Court in Accra, stating that her dismissal whilst her legal challenge against her interdiction was pending in court is only “calculated at interfering with and obstructing the due administration of justice and in the event, bring the authority of a court of competent jurisdiction into disrepute”.
She prayed the court to cite the Board Chairman of the hospital, Prof. Anthony Mawuli Sallar and the CEO, Dr. Gilbert Buckle for contempt.
In an apparent move to remove the two from a possible contempt, the hospital withdrew the dismissal letter today in court.
The substantive matter of her interdiction will now be delved into and determined by the court.
Korle Bu Teaching Hospital earlier this year announced that following a forensic audit into the operations of the Pharmacy Department of the Hospital it has sacked with immediate effect four top officials including the Director of Pharmacy.
In a statement issued by the Board, the Director of the Pharmacy Elizabeth Bruce, the Manager, Eric Kwaku Kyei, its Accountant, Augustina Dankyi and a Stores Assistant were all sacked.
They had been on interdiction since January and Elizabeth Bruce was in court challenging the decision.
Describing her interdiction as “unlawful”, Bruce instituted civil action on 10th April, 2015 against the management of the hospital. It was to get the court to direct that she resumes her official duties.
The hospital responded on 22 May 2015 explaining that the administrative enquiry over a missing 900,000 cedis was not “meant to punish any of the staff including the Applicant” and that the “Board has no intention to punish any of the staff as a result of the Administrative Enquiry”.
It nonetheless wrote dismissing Mrs Bruce and the others, compelling her to cite the authorities for contempt.
It now remains to be seen how the substantive matter will go.