The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday appealed to President Maithripala Sirisena to initiate a thorough investigation into the government takeover of the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH).
In a letter to President Sirisena, President, Dr Anuruddha Padeniya and its Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge have said neither their union nor any other professional organisation asked for the takeover of the NFTH.
Dr. Aluthge said the union had many misgivings regarding the agreement at issue. There were allegations that the government had taken the hospital on lease and was running it with state funds. The government had done so to help the founder of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) to which the hospital was affiliated continue, he said.
Dr. Aluthge said that the union’s request for a copy of the agreement had been in vain. It had made that request to the Health Secretary under the Right to Information Act (RIT A), he added.