Committee tasked to probe cause of lawsuits at 37 Military Hospital

Source The Ghana Report

The Military High Command has inaugurated a 12-member Quality Management Committee at the 37 Military Hospital to oversee the quality of health care delivery at the facility.

According to the Chief of Defense Staff, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, the formation of the Committee is due to the numerous lawsuits against the hospital.

He noted that the public is losing confidence in the Hospital.

“In recent years, we have witnessed a number of complaints from the public about the quality of service, some leading to avoidable loss of lives and its resultant loss of public confidence in the Ghana Armed Forces services and its facilities.

“To forestall this trend and revive public confidence in the Ghana Armed Forces medical services, the military high command saw it imperative to set up a committee to promote quality assurance for the improvement of quality of care at the Ghana Armed Forces medical facility,” he added.

The Hospital in recent years has suffered several lawsuits over alleged medical negligence.

In July 2021, the family of a 48-year-old man, Solomon Asare-Kumah who died at the 37 Military Hospital sued the hospital together with a doctor, the Chief of Defence Staff, and the government.

The family demanded GHC2 million over what it described as negligence that led to the death of their relative.

According to the family, Solomon Asare-Kumah’s death at the facility in 2019 was a breach of contract and negligence on the part of the hospital and the doctor who attended to him.

In the writ of summons, the family contends that the 3rd defendant (Hospital) and its employees responsible for Solomon’s care, particularly the 4th defendant, (doctor) failed to exercise due care when they wrongly inserted the deceased’s breathing tube.

The Court in July 2021 also slapped an amount of GH¢1,075,000, in damages, on the 37 Military Hospital for the negligence it caused the bereaved family of a 27-year-old woman during childbirth in November 2015.

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