Mr Fred Effah-Yeboah, General Manager in charge of Presbytery Health Service in the Brong-Ahafo Region, has appealed to workers not to regard staff transfers as punishment from management.
He noted that just as recruitment, promotions and retirement were necessary for the working calendar, transfer of staff from one part of the country to another was normal and integral to the processes that make the working environment complete.
The General Manager was speaking at a send-off ceremony for Mr George Yeboah, Accountant of Dormaa Hospital, who is on transfer to Agogo Presbyterian Hospital after 20 years stay at Dormaa-Ahenkro.
Mr Effah-Yeboah debunked the attitude to link the transfer of staff, particularly natives to management's hatred and desire to get rid of “persons deemed to be incompatible”.
He expressed regret that public bitterness against transfers was often expressed through personal attacks on radio stations and anonymous letters.
Staffs who work in their hometowns and home districts tend to believe that they must be allowed to work and retire at home – a notion that is wrong and contrary to laid down tenets of employment anywhere in the world, he said.
Mr Effah-Yeboah noted that transfer of staff who had worked with institutions over long periods rather imposed continuity challenges as the new staffs would require some time to adjust to the new environment.
Mr Yeboah, the out-going Accountant, disassociated himself from speculations in the Dormaa community that his transfer was prompted by incompatibility and lack of cooperation between him and the general manager.
He described the general manager as an affable and professionally competent man whose one year stay at the hospital had triggered an unprecedented increase in infrastructure, human relations and corporate image of the hospital.
Mr Yeboah urged staff of the hospital and the Dormaa community to co-operate with the board and management of the hospital to enable the latter to carry out its vision towards the achievement of quality health care without hardships.