KATH suspends new emergency admissions

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has suspended new emergency admissions due to inadequate doctors to handle cases.

In an internal memo issued by the directorate of surgery to the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, the decision was arrived at following an emergency meeting convened to review the impact of the shortage on the hospital’s ability to deliver quality health care to patients. 

“Considering our current staff strength, we are of the opinion that further admissions will endanger the lives of patients and impede the provision of quality care.”

According to the memo, management was notified in writing two weeks after the problem was anticipated but a response was yet to be received or the issue addressed.

"This problem has been recurring for the past 7 years and we hope an appropriate action is taken to resolve this issue permanently"

The hospital will, however, continue to care for the over 250 patients currently on admission.

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