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Sierra Leone News: Staff needs motivation to achieve better results – Hospital

Following the 21-day ultimatum issued in a letter by junior doctors, for improved conditions of service as well as post-graduate training, the senior matron at Connaught hospital has said that staff motivation is a vital tool for better results. The ultimatum letter stated that junior doctors of the main referral and teaching hospital will not work on the 5th – 6th November, 2018 while discussions are ongoing between the association and senior officials of the Ministry. In an interview with Matron Isatu Kamara, she disclosed that indeed the action by junior doctors slowed the operations of the hospital, especially for patients in wards who need to be reviewed and assessed on a daily basis. “When a patient comes to the facility, it is for him/her to be treated and get well.” She noted that senior doctors and community health officers were on duty to cushion the situation, but “I will like the situation to be resolved soonest”. Matron Kamara added that staff motivation is to encourage staff to put more effort into their work. “It does not have to be a financial reward, but improved conditions can also motivate the staff in terms of equipment and logistics, which the staff needs to effectively do his/her work”. Questioned about a proposed strike action by the nurses, Matron Kamara responded that, she is not aware of any proposed downing of tools by nurses, and appealed that people should desist from spreading rumours. At the outpatient department Dr. Tryce, a Nigerian doctor, with other senior doctors, including Kings University, Sierra Leone, were on call on Monday, up to Tuesday morning, attending to patients. He noted that there were no major incidents or emergencies and together with colleagues, carried out routine checks and assessments of patients in wards with the help of nurses. A patient at the cardio renal ward said he did not even notice that junior doctors were on a strike action because the nurses did what they had to do as their normal routine. However, the patient appealed to the appropriate authorities to see reason with the young doctors and meet their demands. The Manager at Connaught Hospital Dr. Gibrilla Fadlu-Deen, said he only knew about the junior doctor’s actions through a letter, adding that it is the doctor’s legitimate right to advocate for improved conditions. He was quick to disclose that senior management of the ministry are in discussions with the executive of the junior doctor’s association. “We cannot leave the hospital uncovered because our responsibility is to save lives. As a stop gap, senior officers and CHO’s have to put in more time to ensure that operations do not come to a standstill”.


By Ade Campbell

Wednesday November 7, 2018.


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