Summons+to+the+Director+General+of+Health+Services+to+obtain+a+statement+regarding+the+Neville+Fernando+Hospital
Friday, 31 May 2019 - 13:19
Summons to the Director General of Health Services to obtain a statement regarding the Neville Fernando Hospital
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Summons were issued to the Director General of Health Services Priyantha Atapattu today, to appear before the Commission to provide evidence regarding maintaining with state finances, the Malabe Neville Fernando Hospital, without acquisition by the government.

According the Director General of Health Services has to appear before the Commission on 12 June and provide a statement. The Presidential Commission of Inquiry also declared at the same time that further hearing of these complaints will be done on that date.

It was decided to issue summons to the Director General of Health Services to be present at the Commission, subsequent to the Secretary to the Ministry of Health and Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Wasantha Perera giving evidence yesterday at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry yesterday.

She had said on this occasion that although the Malabe Neville Fernando Hospital was not owned by the Government, the government bears all its expenses including loans and other costs.

At the same time, the ownership of the Neville Fernando Hospital has been assigned to SAITM through a Cabinet Paper for ten year and if it is being acquired by the state, the Secretary to the Ministry of Health said at the Commission that it has to be done so only after this particular period of time.

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) expressing its views regarding this issue said that the Minister of Health should be taken into custody immediately in connection with the relevant incident.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament Roshan Ranasinghe alleged that without acquiring the Neville Fernando Hospital of Malabe, finances of the government had been misused.

He said at a media briefing held today in Colombo that the present government had increased the debt of the country to 13 trillion rupees.

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