St. Theresa’s Hospital nurses cry out: We are being treated like slaves -want management reshuffled
NURSES and staff of St. Theresa’s Hospital at Nkoranza in the Brong Ahafo region have petitioned the Chairperson of the Catholic Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), a body in charge of management of Catholic hospitals, to cause immediate reshuffling of management of the hospital.
Their reasons are premised on what they have described as ‘harassment’ that they are being subjected to.
In a petition titled – ‘Calling for Immediate Reshuffling of Management of St. Theresa Hospital’, the signatories to the petition said ‘no one is required to tolerate harassment in the work place and if it happens, a complaint letter sent to a higher authority will be in order.
A reminder that the complaint letter on the harassment should only be written by the group of individuals who faced the harassment.
The Nurses and staff of the St. Theresa Hospital, who blew the lid on the alleged fake names submitted to the government as frontline health workers to benefit from the president’s 50% salary cushion, said ever since they took that bold decision, coupled with previous incidences, they continue to face harassment at the institution.
The latest petition was signed by 10 Nurses and addressed to the Chairman of CHAG and copied to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) and the office of the Chief of Staff.
A copy of the petition, which is in the hands of The Chronicle pointed out specifically that ‘incidents and unacceptable behaviour from management of the above hospital, which if care is not taken, will erupt like a volcano.
“We are writing on behalf of ourselves and for the entire Nurses of the hospital to initiate a complaint regarding the unfair treatment by the management of the hospital to us having woefully failed to make reasonable adjustment and provide us with the support in relation to executing our mandate as Nurses.
“We face a number of challenges as the behaviour of the management to us is very rude and uncouth”.
The petitioners specifically mentioned some key management members whom they would want their positions reshuffled, considering the amount of insults they continue to endure from them. “Management treats us like slaves and in their opinion we are worthless. Kindly reshuffle the entire management with the exception of the Matron. The Nurses will be very glad if this is done.
“They are inflicting us with psychological harm and injurious statement, which is a complete deviation from the ethics of the health policy and is seriously affecting productivity and delivery”.
Part of the petition also called on the EOCO to cause an investigation to unravel the circumstances under which the hospital has been burdened with a colossal debt.
The petitioners say, following the debt, the hospital has been unable to pay the serving Nurses their allowances for the past five years.
According to the nurses, they have made several efforts to have the hospital pay their accumulated allowances for the last five years, but has fallen on deaf ears.
“We have made several efforts to engage management on this matter but has proved abortive, only extending their agents to us with threats”.
Several efforts by The Chronicle to reach the Chairperson of CHAG has proven futile as calls to the office went unanswered for week.