While it’s only been one year since Gordon Otieno Odundo was hired as the new CEO of Nairobi hospital, the quality of service at the Premium Health institution is on a downward spiral.

The new CEO is being accused of not only overseeing massive scale of fraud but is also called incompetent by patients and staff of the institution.

Cases of system failure have been so common at the facility which treats presidents, ministers, MPs, corporate titans and other powerful leaders in the region.

It is now common to hear patients complain that they are not getting timely service at the premier health facility while system failure is so rampant that some of the staff members evade patients when they occur.

Insiders blame the radical restructuring which not only disturbed the usual routines but also saw the introduction of new staff members and procedures without proper time to realign.

Staff members also blame the appointment of Timothy Otieno Odundo who is a nephew of the new CEO as the ICT Director as one of the causes of the frequent system outages. Timothy has ensured that key tenders are awarded to his accomplices with the RIS/PACS tender being an example.

The CEO also recently appointed his brother in law; Anthony Mburu as the new Finance Director, plucking him from the Internal Audit department and overlooking the able team in Finance.

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The marketing Director; Tom Simba was also appointed by virtue of him being the son to the Chairman of the board, Mr John Simba.

Members of staff have been greatly demotivated by the scrapping off of the Overtime allowances which was being earned by Nurses and other support staff. Recently, we had a staff in security department who attempted suicide after being frastruated owing to the loans he has been servicing and the abrupt stop of OT allowances.

It is claimed that he also fraudently awarded Technology Associates a contract worth millions of shillings to replace the Hospital Management System with the bogus Kranium HMIS running at Getrudes hospital.

Suppliers have also been changed with rumours now doing rounds that the new boss is bringing his new accomplices at Getrudes hospital where he previously worked.

The new CEO recently bought a block of apartments along Waiyaki way worth Ksh 210 million and has had Chinese clients sign a five year tenancy agreement at the facility.

Gordon is a brother to Edward Odundo (formerly of RBA) and Geoffrey of CMA. They are sons to the late Odundo who owned the famous John’s Bar in Nairobi West shopping centre.

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