Dysfunctional Brits Hospital board disbanded

2014-10-19 19:31


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Brits - The North West government has disbanded the dysfunctional board of Brits Hospital due to ongoing conflicts between the board and the hospital's management team.

African Eye News Service   reported that MEC Dr Magome Masike informed the board on 16 October of his decision to disband them.

“A commission of inquiry investigated allegations that there was no cooperation between the board and the hospital management, particularly the CEO. They also found that the board was dysfunctional in that it was not executing its legislative mandate, and that there was conflict of interest among some board members with the hospital,” explained provincial health spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane.

He said the commission found that the root cause of the conflict was the short-listing and interviewing process of the clinical manager positions. The board felt it was deliberately excluded from the process.

There commission also found clear confusion and misunderstanding of the role, mandate and authority of the board. Board members admitted they had misinterpreted the National Health Act. This is despite the fact that board members had been trained regarding their mandate.

Instead, the board was found to be more concerned with administration than overseeing the provision of health services at the hospital.

Most board members pointed to poor leadership within the board.

“It was also found that the chairperson of the board has also clearly disempowered members with poor information and miscommunication by failing to participate in other strategic and local structures as required, which could have closed the information and communication gap,” explained Lekgethwane.

MEC Masike nevertheless thanked the members for their service.

“You admit that you failed to work as a team to improve the health profile of the people of Madibeng, but that does not mean you are not capable as individuals. I wish you well in your other roles as you go on to serve our people elsewhere," Masike told the former board members.

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