Tension continues to rise between staff and management at the Tamale Teaching Hospital over plans to privatize the laboratory department of the facility.
The staff of the facility are protesting against decision of management to outsource the laboratory department to a private individual.
Our regional correspondent Prince Tamakloe who is following the story reported earlier on Nyankonton Mu Nsem that the staff have vowed to oppose the plans by management to outsource the facility.
Management argues that the laboratory is not generating the needed resources to run the laboratory hence the decision to privatize it.
However, a senior staff at the Tamale Teaching Hospital who spoke with Kwame Tutu on reason of anonymity said the reason given by the management is untrue because the reason to outsource the facility is due to massive embezzlement and incompetence on the part of administration.
''This is a consistent dipping of money into individual pockets and that clearly means that you build a very big hospital and that you are using as a referral for the Northern Region and put incompetent people there and because they are all political cronies and incompetent they just want to drain the people and deny them service; that is painful and as workers we protested against that and now they want to outsource the facility...As workers we will not sit down and allow them drain money out of the system and compromise access to quality healthcare delivery.''
The senior staff who has served the Tamale Teaching Hospital for several years said the problem facing the Tamale Teaching Hospital is not just a laboratory issue but the breakdown of equipment which has affected the services at the hospital.
''That is the hard issue; even a SDA Clinic; a small clinic like that; they carry patients there in the night to go and operate because are equipment are not functioning...This not a problem of laboratory, this is a problem of management which not together, focused and incompetent,'' managing the facility.
He added the issue is not about workers not discharging their duties but rather due to incompetence and massive fraud at the hospital.
He told host that, several meetings held to address the situation ended inconclusively and so they have petitioned all stakeholders on the plans by management to privatize the laboratory.
''Management has failed us... Nothing is working in the Tamale Teaching Hospital...We cannot any some wicked and selfish individuals to deprive the people of their what rightfully belongs to them, and so we will use every legal means to stop the privatization of the laboratory,'' he said.