THE decision made by Port Moresby General Hospital board to remove Dr Umesh Gupta as the chief executive officer has not come down well with the doctors.
National Doctors Association (NDA) President Dr James Naipao, in a statement last week, said the association would like to have Dr Gupta remain to complete his term, and complete the work he and his management team had started which are of national significance for the benefit of the sick patients who will have difficulty accessing overseas treatment.
According to a notice, Dr Gupta was given notice of his intention to resign from the position to the hospital board, and staff members of the hospital were informed through a notice on Friday, April 12.
The noticed authorised by the board chairman, Sir Theophilus Constantinou, said Dr Umesh Gupta would finish from his role effective last Friday, April 19, because of family reasons.
“During the time when the decision was confirmed to appoint Dr Gupta as CEO of PMGH, the NDA questioned the appointment, however, the association made it its business to meet and discussed issues of importance in health to the CEO appointed and the results of the work done by this CEO is overwhelming,” he said.
He said two years as chief executive officer and into his third year, the national doctors had recognised that Dr Gupta had a never-say-die attitude.
He further said Dr Gutpa aggressively got things done.
Dr Naipao described Dr Gupta as someone who has deep understanding of patient quality care and high understanding of clinical and corporate governance.
NDA has given some background to some achievements made at PMGH with Dr Gupta as CEO:
Effective management with budgetary cuts;
Patient satisfaction survey 92 per cent;
Hospital mortality reduced by 60 per cent;
Average length of stay reduced to seven days;
Emergency department length of stay reduced to 18 hours; and
Digitilise PMGH – the first in any PNG hospital;
“No CEO in the memory of PMGH has achieved that in a short time, and Dr Gupta has more to deliver.”
The NDA believes the hospital chairman had been ill-informed by some board members who have hidden agendas to remove the CEO.