An Accra high court yesterday ordered the management of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) to reinstate Mrs. Elizabeth Bruce, the sacked Director of Pharmacy at the hospital.
The court, presided over by Justice Kofi Essel Mensah, had at the last sitting ordered the parties to settle the dispute out of court.
At the hearing of the case yesterday, King Hussen, counsel for the hospital, in a dramatic turn of events, told the court that they had withdrawn the letter dismissing Mrs. Bruce.
This compelled the trial judge to order the premier health facility to reinstate Mrs. Bruce.
Justice Essel Mensah awarded a GH¢2,000 cost against KBTH.
Mrs Bruce was fighting her interdiction in court when the authorities sent her a letter dismissing her as director of pharmacy at the country’s premier teaching hospital.
After receiving the dismissal letter, she filed a suit at the human rights court in Accra, stating that her dismissal – whilst her legal challenge against her interdiction was pending in court – was only “calculated at interfering with and obstructing the due administration of justice and in the event, bring the authority of a court of competent jurisdiction into disrepute.”
She prayed the court to cite the board chairman of the hospital, Prof. Anthony Mawuli Sallar and the CEO, Dr. Gilbert Buckle, for contempt.
However, the substantive matter of her interdiction would be determined by the court.
The hospital earlier this year announced that following a forensic audit into the operations of the Pharmacy Department, it had sacked with immediate effect four top officials, including the director of pharmacy.
In a statement issued by the board, Mrs. Bruce, the Manager; Eric Kwaku Kyei, Accountant; Augustina Dankyi and a Stores Assistant were all sacked.
They had been on interdiction since January and Elizabeth Bruce was in court challenging the decision.
The hospital responded to Mrs Bruce’s writ of summons on 22 May, 2015 explaining that the administrative enquiry over a missing GH¢900,000 was not “meant to punish any of the staff including the Applicant” and that the “board has no intention to punish any of the staff as a result of the Administrative Enquiry”.
It nonetheless wrote dismissing Mrs Bruce and the others, compelling her to cite the hospital authorities for contempt.