Reversing emergency cases suspension impossible -KATH Surgeons

Surgeons at the Komfo Anokye Teaching (KATH) has stated that reversal of their emergency services will adversely affect quality health care.

The surgeons on September 12, 2017 at an emergency meeting suspended new emergency admissions.

Speaking on Ultimate Breakfast Show hosted by Lantam Papanko, Chairman of the Junior Doctors Group at KATH Dr Abeiku Hammond said admitting new cases will have a toll on the few doctors arguing that they don’t have the manpower.

He explained that about 150 doctors are set to leave the hospital to another hospital which has created the huge vacuum.

Dr Hammond said the issue is a perennial problem which has been hanging on the neck of the facility whenever a group of doctors exit the facility, saying recruitment for replacement has become a problem.

‘…The residents (doctors) realising the gap, had to cut down on admissions in order to give quality health care…For now, patients at the surgical unit number almost up to 250 and you have just 20 doctors. And they are saying, they can’t admit more patients, …they are going to concentrate on patients who are now under their care,’ he explained.

He feared that attempts by the doctors to attend to new cases may result in catastrophic mistakes saying majority of them get exhausted at the end of their duties.

Dr Hammond advised KATH management to give appointments letters and clearance letters to the 189 doctors who are idling in home to fill the vacancy.

‘We have actually come to the end of the road,’ he said.

By: Ghana/