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UG Medical Centre risks losing gov't financial clearance as they struggle to recruit specialists and consultants

By Mutala Yakubu
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The University of Ghana Medical Centre is struggling to recruit highly skilled specialists and consultants to manage the facility.

The danger here is that the hospital may lose government's financial clearance by next month if they are unable to attract the needed personnel.

So far out of over One thousand personnel needed only three hundred and five have been recruited for the referral centre.

READ ALSO: UG Medical Centre : Finance Ministry gives clearance for recruitment of 2,000 workers

Chief Executive Officer of the 600-bed facility Dr. Darius Osei told members of Government Assurance Committee that they in serious search of required personnel before the financial clearance expires.

"We are still looking for the special core persons which are the specialist and consultants. So these expectations is to fill in those vital areas. If we wanted to just fill it we would have done it easily because the demand is very high but specifically we need certain persons who will be relevant to our course".

The government in September 2019 gave clearance for the employment of some 2,000 health personnel for the Medical Centre.

In 2018 the government officially opened the out-patient Department (OPD) and Administration Unit of the 650-bed facility University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC).

Dr. Osei, however, has said the University of Medical Center will be in full operation in March 2021.

He noted that the vision of the center is to give out first-class healthcare training and research to its citizens, adding that the government of Ghana owes 60 percent whiles the University of Ghana owes 40 percent.

He said the centre is partnering Ambulance services to pick up patients directly from home.