Open door policy for Hospital

National, Normal

The National, Monday 27th May 2013


STAFF at the Goroka Base Hospital in Eastern Highlands province will enjoy an open-door policy to address work-related problems, according to their new boss.

Newly-appointed acting chief executive officer Dr Francis Wandi gave the assurance after he was appointed by Health Minister Michael Malabag during a meeting with staff and management at the hospital last Thursday.

Wandi said the open-door policy meant staff  members should feel free to bring to him hospital problems. 

“One will be to lessen unnecessary patient referrals to Kundiawa and Mt Hagen Hospitals,” he said.

Wandi, a former acting CEO of Kundiawa’s Sir Joseph Nombri Hospital, said if they did basic things right, staff morale would be lifted and proper patient care would be restored.

Malabag flew to Goroka with Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso, Goroka MP Bire Kimisopa and Daulo MP Ron Ganarafo to address the protest by staff at the hospital over a list of work-related matters.

Staff armed with banners and placards at the hospital were led by National Doctors Association Goroka branch and the Nurses Association in Goroka.

Staff union leaders highlighted the appalling patient care conditions and demanded that the management and board be removed.