- Doctors at the Tema General Hospital are rejecting internal lab results
- It has emerged that they prefer lab results from private labs dotted around the hospital
- The situation has rendered staff of the hospital idle
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YEN.com.gh has earlier reported a worrying development at the Tema General Hospital in the Greater Accra Region.
Doctors at the facility have been accused of rejecting results from the hospital’s laboratory.
The doctors frequently recommend to patients who visit the facility to “conduct their lab tests at private facilities within the area instead of the hospital’s lab,” Starr News reported.
It has now emerged that the worrying development happens in all public hospitals.
Confirming the Starr News’ investigative report, the General Secretary of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, Dr Adu-Gyamfi, said doctors rejecting internal lab results is not new.
“The other side to it is if I bring say, Lab Kwesimansa, thirty patients in a month to come and do a test with about GHC150 X 30.
“Probably the lab might also appreciate you at the end of every month with a token. And you may want to appreciate that than the system that the government is just paying you. Everything that you request in the lab, you get nothing from there,” he told the news organisation.
The worrying development rendered staff of the hospital who are on the state’s payroll idle, the report stated.
Investigations by the private owned media house uncovered that tests run at the hospital’s labs are completely rejected by some of the doctors.
They will then request that the patient goes for a refund from the hospital and then instruct the patient to have his or her test conducted at a private lab.
The doctors will write the names of these private labs at the back of the prescription with his or her request and name.
I was denied prefectship at Wesley Girls because I’m Muslim - Former student recounts in heartbreaking post
In other news, Fathia Ayodele Kareem, a former Wesley Girls High School student, has opened up about her three years’ stay at the Cape Coast-based school.
Kareem attended Wesley Girls High School from 2006 to 2009.
Narrating her torturous ordeal in a Facebook post sighted by YEN.com.gh, Kareem who is now a Medical Doctor said authorities at her alma mater prevented her from contesting for the school’s prefectship because she is a Muslim.
Kareem’s ‘tell it all’ post is coming on the back of the school’s recent raging scandal.
It will be recalled that Muslim students were stopped from observing the just-ended month of Ramadan.