NFTH - Man­aged by 14-mem­ber board of di­rec­tors from Aug.1

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY SANDUN A JAYASEKERA

The Board of Di­rec­tors will ad­min­is­ter the hos­pi­tal un­til such time an Act sim­i­lar to the Sri Jayawar­dana­pura Hos­pi­tal Act is en­acted or for a twoyear in­terim pe­riod which ever comes first Ac­tion is be­ing taken to han­dover the NFTH to my min­istry on Au­gust 1 un­der the Let­ter of In­tent dated July 17 and signed by three con­cerned par­ties

Health Min­is­ter Ra­jitha Se­naratne said his pro­posal to ap­point a 14-mem­ber Board of Di­rec­tors to ad­min­is­ter the Neville Fer­nando Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal (NFTH) ac­quired by the gov­ern­ment re­cently has been ap­proved by the Cab­i­net.

He said the NFTH would be­gin op­er­a­tions un­der the new board of di­rec­tors on Au­gust 1.

“The Board of Di­rec­tors is headed by Dr. U A. Mendis, who is a for­mer Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Health Ser­vices. The Board of Di­rec­tors will ad­min­is­ter the hos­pi­tal un­til such time an Act sim­i­lar to the Sri Jayawar­dana­pura Hos­pi­tal Act is en­acted or for a two-year in­terim pe­riod which ever comes first,” the min­is­ter said.

Other mem­bers of the Board of Di­rec­tors are: Dr. N.E.L.W. Jayasekara, a for­mer Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Health Ser­vices of the Navy Health­care ser­vice; Dr. P.L Ata­p­attu (Di­rec­tor Med­i­cal Ser­vices of the Health Min­istry) nom­i­nated by the Health Min­is­ter; Fi­nance Min­is­ter’s nom­i­nee yet to be de­cided; Char­tered Ac­coun­tant Di­nesh Weer­akkody; Se­nior Lawyer Sarath Liyan­age; Man­age­ment Spe­cial­ist Dr. Kapila Ranas­inghe; Con­sul­tant Den­tal Sur­geon and Health Economist Dr. Dilip de Silva; Prof Sarath Wi­je­sooriya, a dis­tin­guished rep­re­sen­ta­tive of civil so­ci­ety groups; Spe­cial­ist Con­sul­tant Prof. D.K. Sa­ma­rage; Con­sul­tant Pe­di­a­tri­cian Dr. Ran­dula Sa­ma­ras­inghe; Con­sul­tant Physi­cian Dr M.N.K Pinto; Con­sul­tant Sur­geon Prof. Deepal Weerasekar­a; Con­sul­tant Ob­ste­tri­cian and Gyne­col­o­gist (a nom­i­nee of the SAITM Med­i­cal Fac­ulty Dr. A.A. Punya Keerthi (Se­nior Lec­turer of Bio Chem­istry, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Health Ser­vices and Act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Health Ser­vices Dr. Jaya­sun­dara Ban­dara.

“Ac­tion is be­ing taken to han­dover the NFTH to my min­istry on Au­gust 1 un­der the Let­ter of In­tent dated July 17 and signed by the three con­cerned par­ties -- Health Min­istry, SAITM and the Bank of Cey­lon,” the min­is­ter said in his Cab­i­net memo.

He said the gov­ern­ment had un­der­taken to re­lease an ad­di­tional monthly al­lo­ca­tion of Rs.200 mil­lion as es­ti­mated op­er­a­tional cost from Au­gust 1 to De­cem­ber 31 this year and al­lo­cate an ad­di­tional Rs.50 mil­lion a month to the Health Min­istry Med­i­cal Sup­plies Divi­sion for the sup­ply of drugs and other lo­gis­tics for this pe­riod.

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