GMOA to complain to CIABOC against Rajitha



BY UMESH MORAMUDALII

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) will lodge a complaint with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) tomorrow (15) against Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne for misusing State funds.

GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told Ceylon Today that funds of the Health Ministry are utilized to maintain the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) without an agreement being signed between the Government and the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) which owns NFTH.

"There was only a letter of intent signed between the Government and SAITM regarding acquiring NFTH. However, steps were taken to provide drugs from the Medical Supply Division of the Health Ministry to the NFTH. This is misuse of State property," he claimed.

Last week, the response of the Health Ministry, to the queries of the Government Medical Officer's Association (GMOA), regarding handing over Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) to the Government, revealed that there was no agreement signed regarding the matter.

The response to the request made by the GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge under the provisions of the Right to Information Act to receive the agreement signed between the Health Ministry and South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) and the Bank of Ceylon (BOC), does not consist of any agreement, but only a letter of intent signed by three parties.

Dr. Aluthge claimed that Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne had deceived the public stating that an agreement was signed, where as only a letter of intent signed between the two parties. The letter of intent signed on 17 July 2017 states that three parties (Health Ministry, SAITM and Bank of Ceylon) agreed to enter in to this letter of intent expressing the willingness to enter in to a formal Tri-Party agreement among the same parties over to handing over and taking over the NFTH subject to the terms and condition agreed by all three parties to the enumerated in a Tri-Partite agreement to be signed upon receiving the approval from the said Cabinet of Ministers for such a agreement.

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