A medical doctor in the Upper East region has moved from the corridors of the hospital to the streets in search for a life following his alleged ‘wrongful dismissal’.
Dr. Francis Ibrahim Betonsi used to practice as a professional doctor in Navrongo, but was dismissed on grounds of not being mentally stable.
However, his plight is one that is very sad following the refusal of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to reinstate him to his position after he was cleared from any mental disorder.
Dr Betonsi’s story was brought to the limelight by Starr News as he narrated his difficulties with life following his dismissal by the GHS.
According to him, he has been checked by the psychiatric departments of both the Ankaful Mental Hospital and the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, with the results proving he is okay yet he has not been readmitted into his job.
Narrating his story to Starr News, Dr Betonsi said: “There was a case at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital where a girl died as a result of some illegal practice. I think somebody wanted some money, some kind of bribe for blood transfusion. The girl was to be transfused and somebody wanted money.
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“The [family] didn’t have. So, the blood was withheld and the teenager died in the process. This story was published in the newspapers. Subsequently, somebody called me and said the medical superintendent said I was the brain behind the newspaper publication. I didn’t know anything about that publication. I was told the medical director said he would sack me at all costs.”
He further revealed that his salaries have been withheld and all he can now do is to strive from hand to mouth in order to survive.
He insists that all efforts to gain his job back has proved futile, with some of his superiors making all attempts to frustrate him.
According to him, he took the matter to CHRAJ and the human rights body ruled that he should be reinstated, yet he has still been left to wander and wonder in joblessness.
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“It was so painful. I was taken to Ankaful Mental Hospital in tears, in so much pain. There I met the Medical Director at the time, Dr. Kwaw Armah-Arloo. Subsequently, I was referred to Korle-Bu where I met Dr. Araba Sefa-Dedeh, a clinical psychologist. A report came out. The report was hidden from me. It was never provided for more than one year. And yet, I’m being subjected to all manner of atrocities and abuse.
“CHRAJ picked up the case and eventually I won that case at CHRAJ where the authorities were compelled to reinstate me and to produce a copy of the report for collection. For the first time I saw the report. The report favoured me. The report says I didn’t have any problem and that authorities should be fair in their dealings with me and avoid prejudice. I was cleared four good times.”
Dr Betonsi, who now renders voluntary medical services at a young University for Development Studies Hospital at Navrongo, believes it is a calculated attempt by the heath authorities to take his job away from him.
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He is therefore calling on the Director-General of the GHS to come to his aid.
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