The CEO’s reaction to the initial letter of request by Mr J.Y.A Appiah

The Chief Executive Officer of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Dr Gilbert Buckle and the director of administration of the facility J.Y.A Appiah are caught in what seems like a turf war over mortuary fees.

The two, have in counter-statements attacked the standing of each other over the request by the family of a deceased patient for a waiver on mortuary fees.

A letter signed by the CEO of the hospital in reaction to an earlier letter by the director granting the waiver to the poor family attacked the capacity of Mr Appiah and went ahead to decline the request.

The response from Mr. J.A.Y Appiah following the CEO’s letter

“The hospital has received a letter on the above subject signed by ‘one JYA Appiah’ supposedly on your directive for a consideration of a waiver on the entire mortuary fee for the late Miss Sakyi on humanitarian grounds.

“We wish to confirm that this request is from you. May I also be frank in this discourse that with reference to the hospital’s current financial situation, we can only offer 20%,” the letter read.

However, another letter signed by the director described the CEO’s response and posturing as arrogant and disrespectful.

“ I take strong exception to your reference to me as ‘one JYA Appiah’ for the simple reason that I had dared to intercede on behalf of an impecunious lady who had lost her daughter in very painful circumstances and who had to leave the body at the mortuary against her own wishes on the directives of the Police.

“…Boys are titled ‘Master’ and men are titled ‘Mister’ even if they do not possess a PHD degree. How dare you refer to me as ‘one JYA Appiah’ who gave you permission? Arrogance has never served its masters well and will never do so. As the popular saying goes there is always pride before a fall,” Dr Appiah fumed in his reaction.

Editor’s Note: The original story mentioned that the infighting was between the CEO of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and his administrator. We have edited the story to reflect the true picture. We apologise to the management of KATH for any inconvenience caused.


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