The Ministry of Health has removed Dr Thomas Anaba as the Medical Director of the newly refurbished Greater Accra Regional Hospital [Ridge Hospital] and consequently asked him to go back to the University of Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale, his original place of work before taking up the new post at Ridge.
But Dr Anaba thinks that his removal is not appropriate and has taken issues with it.
He argues he went through a competitive tender to secure his new appointment and cannot be transferred back to UDS since the conditions of service there is not same as that of the Ghana Health Service.
“If he [Minister] is able to arrange with UDS for same conditions of service, a vehicle for work, two security people in my house, fully furnished accommodation for me to move, to go and be a regional medical director of a regional hospital, then I don’t have a problem, but he didn’t do that, he says I should move with immediate effect, I didn’t come on secondment,” Dr Anaba said in a radio interview on Accra based Okay FM Thursday morning.
He has subsequently written to the Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu to rescind his decision.
He explained that the letter removing him dated May 10, 2017 which came from the Minister of Health had no reference number and his name was spelt wrongly as well.
“Dear Dr Anabah, following the planned restructuring of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, you are by this letter relieved to your original place of work, University of Development Studies, Tamale. Kindly prepare to handover to a newly appointed Director soon.”
Dr Anaba’s beef is that the Minister’s letter did not even say “Thank you” and that after managing the hospital for more than a year, the Minister did not deem it fit to thank him
He added that he subsequently received another letter from the Director General asking him to refer to the Minister’s letter and hand over with immediate effect.”
According to Dr Anaba, there was no position like Medical Director in UDS so he cannot be transferred to UDS and the conditions of service in UDS is not same as what pertains in Ghana Health Service.
Dr Anaba who was appointed in February 2016 argued that his appointment was supposed to last till 2020 and had the option to re-apply.
“I saw an advert requesting for people to manage the Ridge Hospital and I applied”, he said and added that as a consultant for the Ministry of Health since 2012, he was qualified for the job.
Prior to his appointment, Dr Anaba faced opposition from the staff of the hospital who objected his selection, citing incompetence and a breach in the selection process.
The staff of the hospital then wanted one, Dr Emmanuel Srofenyo to be appointed the medical director of the facility.