Management of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) along with members of the Board have taken a decision to send Matron Colleen Hicks on administrative leave as complaints continue to mount against her alleged intractable behaviour.
Board Chairman Max Hanoman made the announcement on Thursday and said the decision was taken to allow for a full investigation into the claims.
Matron Hicks will proceed on leave with full benefits until the investigation is complete and a decision is taken on whether she will be moved to another department or dismissed.
The Board Chairman described the situation as a crisis and said several doctors were asking for the woman’s removal.
He explained that the situation was affecting the delivery of health care at the institution.
The board took the decision after scores of staff members at the hospital signed and submitted a petition asking for the woman’s removal.
The matron is accused of opposing measures aimed at improving patient care and refusing to provide doctors with sufficient nurses.
The Chairman assured that a full investigation will be carried out but the final decision rests with the Chief Executive Officer.
In fact, there were complaints that the matron refused to adhere to several instructions given by the CEO.
“We have to investigate her behavior… investigate the reasons after which we will come to a solution,” Hanoman said.
Last December, several nurses at the hospital halted the delivery of health care and protested what they described as the “unjust” dismissal of Matron Hicks.
At that time the CEO had complained of what he said was gross insubordination.