Nairobi hospital has fired more than 200 workers in a restructuring move aimed at weeding out the staff implicated in fraud and incompetent ones.
A statement released by the hospital stated that those who have been laid off either performed dismally or were exposed by the recent forensic audit report for their involvement in unethical practices.
“Besides the staff affected by normal rationalization, the hospital is disengaging with all staff who have perennial performance issues or were implicated in unethical practices during forensic audits of the hospital’s operations,” the statement said.
“It is important to note that while our structure will have less staff in some categories, such as support services, more staff will be engaged in core clinical and nursing services to achieve an optimal balance between the skills and demand from our patients.”
Reports also suggest that Nairobi hospital has been struggling financially. The medical institution has had to incur a lot of operational costs while receiving low returns. This situation has been worsened by the impact of Covid-19 on the economy of the country.
Nairobi hospital is usually full of activities has seen in recent times reduced numbers of people visiting the facility to get medical attention. This has forced the administration to send off some of the staff to sustain the smooth running of the hospital. Those remaining have also received notices of salary cuts with some going for unpaid leaves.
Nairobi hospital like other medical institutions has had to keep the pain of the high costs of medical equipment, doctor’s fees, and even inflated medicine prices. This has been supported by the data released by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) showing inflation of 4.45 percent in the cost of medicare.
The hospital spent a total of sh1.37 billion on salaries alone in 2019 from sh1.2 billion which was spent in 2018.
The hospital also recorded a significant dip in its earnings with a deficit of Sh824.6 million. In 2018 they recorded a surplus of Sh900.4 million.
According to a source who spoke to Business Daily, firing the workers is to increase the number in the clinical and nursing unit under-staffed.
“The reasoning behind the latest retrenchment is to increase the number of staff in the Clinical and Nursing divisions and reducing staff in the non-clinical departments,” the source said.
This comes as in-fightings continue to rock Nairobi Hospital over leadership and management of the medical institution.
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