Saturday, May 27, 2017

Anaba Sues Government At Supreme Court

12:46:00 AM

Dr Thomas Anaba has sued the government of Ghana over his dismissal from office as Medical Director of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, formerly Ridge Hospital.

Dr Anaba filed a writ praying the Supreme Court to issue an order declaring that the decision of the minister of health contained in the letter dated 10 May 2017 was unlawful and therefore null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

He is also praying for an order reinstating him as Medical Director, Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge in Ghana Health Service or to an equivalent position in the Ghana Health Service without a reduction in the rank and other conditions of service.

Dr Anaba was appointed amidst controversy on 1 February 2016 by President John Mahama. His appointment was to last till 2020 after which he would have had the option of reapplying to stay on. He was served with his dismissal letter on Monday 15 May and asked to vacate post in two hours. He demanded to know if his dismissal had the blessing of the Public Service Commission and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Council â€" which is yet to be constituted.

According to Minister of Health Mr Kweku Agyeman-Manu, Dr Anaba has no managerial skills and is unfit to manage the hospital.

He told TV3 in an interview that contrary to claims that Dr Anaba had been sacked, he had only been transferred to go back to lecturing at the University of Development Studies.

Meanwhile, Dr Anaba defended his credentials in an interview with Emefa Apawu on Class91.3FMs 505 news programme, saying he has worked with international organisations and gained vast experience to manage the hospital.

The sacked Medical Director had said in an earlier interview that Mr Agyeman-Manu and the Director of the Ghana Health Service orchestrated his dismissal because they just do not like him.

I dont exactly know why I have been dismissed, he said on Wednesday, 17 May, in an interview on the sidelines of the official opening of the refurbished hospital, explaining: The letter only said they are restructuring Ridge Hospital so for that matter ‘you are being released to go, which I think is an absurd reason.

Dr Anaba said: They said I should hand over immediately, I cant take two hours to hand over immediately because this is not a small project I was handling.

I have documents, several things I have to tell the incoming director, however, Ive requested for explanations why they dismissed me while Im planning either to hand over or I continue, so, when they bring the answer and Im satisfied, I give them the handing over notes and I leave, he noted.

On Wednesday, Mr Agyeman-Manu and Dr Anabas predecessor â€" Dr Emmanuel Srofenyo â€" who was fired about a year ago to pave the way for Dr Anaba, officiated the opening ceremony.

In Dr Anabas view, it means he [Dr Srofenyo] has taken over because the Minister is recognising him as the substantive head of the hospital against all the laws in Ghana that medical directors are not appointed by [Directors-General] or by the Ministers. They are appointed by the [Ghana Health Service] Council and we dont have a council and besides that you have to be interviewed, so, if he [the Minister] is using him as the Director of the hospital, then that is an aberrant situation.

According to Dr Anaba, he is more qualified than Dr Srofenyo but the Minister is crooked on doing away with him for selfish reasons. If you query the Public Service Commission, they will tell you that I was qualified to be the Director here, I beat him [Dr Srofenyo] hands down. I had more information on this hospital than him. I had a better strategy to manage this hospital when I went for the interview and I know that my idea paper to manage this hospital is impeccable, so, not that he is better than me. I know what I can do in management. Ive succeeded and Ive two international awards for management. He [Dr Srofenyo] should produce one.

You see, Im going to put this hospital in the hands of this man [Dr Srofenyo] just for peoples [Minister and Director Generals] self-interest. They are the people with the self-interest: That Dr Anaba should not work here because they dont want Dr Anaba, so, they should give me the reasons. Do they have any reason You think its fair that you should be appointed by a council and a Minister, a single man says rubbish it, even President Mahama didnt rubbish the decision by the then council even when he was the president but the minister has rubbished it. This is abuse of power, I need explanations.

Asked why he concept he was being hounded out, Dr Anaba said: Im not going to brag, perhaps, it is the achievements I and my staff have achieved in one year Ive developed a strategic plan for the hospital, to run the new hospital. Ive developed standing operating protocols, Ive improved upon financial management in the hospital and improved financial income for the hospital, Ive developed what we call protocols for clinical doctors to use in the new place, Ive developed what we call a costing tool together with my staff for the new place, Ive also reduced maternal mortality, he told Accra-based Starr FMs Atiewin Mbillah-Lawson.

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