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25 Dismissed Staff cost Korle-Bu GH¢240k of Judgement Debt

The Management of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has been indicted in the 2016 Auditor General’s report for paying an amount of GH¢245, 277.00 as judgment debt to some 25 workers who were wrongly dismissed.

The dismissal of the 25 staff workers resulted in the judgment debt after they went to court to contest their dismissal by the management of the Hospital, the Auditor General Report said.

This was revealed at the public hearing of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC ) of parliament in Accra, Monday morning March 11, 2019.

“We noted management paid a total amount of GH¢245, 277.00 as judgment debt to 25 employees of the hospital who were wrongly dismissed by the hospital board.”

“Payment of judgment debt was an avoidable and wasteful expenditure which could have been utilised in the improvement of healthcare delivery at the hospital,” portion of the report on Ministry, Department and Agencie,  ended 31st December, 2016 read.

According to the AuditorReport, the judgment debt has triggered management of the nation biggest health facility to established a legal unit headed by a competent lawyer.

The Legal Unit would now give appropriate advice on such decision in order to forestalled issues of such nature and or avoid judgment debts.

The Ministry of Health has also been indicted for failure to pay withholding Tax of GH¢2,122,577.69 55.

“We noted that a total amount of GH¢2,122,577.69 withheld as tax for the year ended 31 December 2015, was not remitted to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). We recommended that Management should impose the applicable penalty on the outstanding balance and also ensure to comply with the 15 days ultimatum,” the Audit Report further cited.

The Auditor Report has also indicted the Ministry of Health for paying over GHS86,000 to one Dr Emmanuel Adjase as salary even though he did not deserve it.

The Ministry of Health has been indicted in the 2016 Auditor-General’s report for paying over GHS86,000 to one Dr Emmanuel Adjase, as salary even though he did not deserve it.

But Deputy Health Minister, Kingsley Aboagye Gyadu told the Public Accounts Committee of parliament, the doctor, who has now been transferred from Kintampo to the headquarters of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), said he would be made to refund the money as directed by auditors.

Mr Gyadu said the ministry has agreed with the doctor that GHS3,000 would be deducted from his salary on a monthly basis beginning from March 2019 to offset the debt.

Dr Adjase was the former Rector of the College of Health and Wellbeing in Kintampo, but was asked to step aside when students of the College went on demonstration.

The condition under which Dr Adjiase, was asked to step aside with regards to his salary and benefits were not immediately known to the parliament Accounts Committee.

Dr James Klutse Avedzi, Chairman of PAC, however directed the Ministry to finish the Committee with the condition attached to Dr Emmanuel Teye Adjase, removal from office.

Other institutions and agencies under the Ministry of Health also cited in the AG Report includes, Tema Central Medical Stores, Kumasi Central Medical Stores, the Ridge Hospital in Accra, Bekwai Municipal Hospital, among others.

Source: threpublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba

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