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Bombshell at RVTH as CMD, board members dismissed

Apr 30, 2012, 3:13 PM

Efforts to restore the “deteriorating service delivery” at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (RVTH) in Banjul is showing no sign of abating, with yet the dismissal of the hospital’s Chief Medical Director and the entire board of directors.

The dismissal of Dr Ahmed Seck, who was appointed as chief medical director in January this year, and the entire board which was inaugurated in February this year, was announced by a news release from the presidency on Friday.

According to the release, the Office of the President has learnt with utter dismay about the laissez faire attitude of some doctors and nurses towards patients at the RVTH which has resulted in unnecessary deaths and sufferings for many people.

This tragic loss of lives and sufferings, it said, could have been avoided, had it been that those that have been entrusted with the responsibility of taking care of patients had paid special attention to their welfare.

“This kind of irresponsible behavior will no longer be tolerated and, therefore, as a first step, the Chief Medical Director is being dismissed and the Board of Directors of the RVTH dissolved with immediate effect.All other nurses and doctors also found wanting in their duties will be dealt with accordingly,” the release said.

It added that it has also been discovered that power outages often occur in the middle of major surgical operation, or some other life-saving activities with tragic consequences.

NAWEC, it said, is therefore being directed to work closely with the Office of the President to provide specially dedicated power lines that would supply constant electricity to every major hospital in the country.

“In light of the above, and in view of the important role played by the RVTH in prevention and caring of peoples and as a Teaching Hospital, and in a bid to provide quality services to patients of the hospital the operation of this vital institution is being brought under the purview of the Office of the President,” the release added.

These actions, it went on, are taken in the best interest of the patients and the nation as a whole thus soliciting the understanding, forgiveness and cooperation of the general public.