At least 200 employees of The Nairobi Hospital have been laid off, a majority of them reportedly said to be involved in graft.
The hospital undertook a staff rationalization move to cut cost amid profit warning due to slow business for the past year.
Nairobi Hospital’s management said laid-off staff were either underperforming or were part of unethical practices reported among some staff at the hospital.
A recent forensic audit focusing on graft and service delivery revealed that some employees were unethically involved.
“Besides the staff affected by normal rationalisation, the hospital is disengaging with all staff who have perennial performance issues or were implicated in unethical practices during forensic audits of the hospital’s operations,” the hospital said in a statement.
The hospital said some departments may be adversely affected with just a few staff while others will be moved to nursing and clinical departments.
“It is important to note that while our structure will have less staff in some categories, such as support services, more staff will be engaged in core clinical and nursing services to achieve an optimal balance between the skills and demand from our patients.”
A board member at the hospital told Business Daily that “The reasoning behind the latest retrenchment is to increase the number of staff in the Clinical and Nursing divisions and reducing staff in the non-clinical departments.”
Nairobi Hospital in the last year was shed into bad light due to alleged financial and management impropriety.
The hospital’s board was forced to take a forensic audit to enhance services and save the hospital’s reputation.