Amaraweera Report on SJGH will be fully implemented


By Lal Gunasekera

The recommendation of Deputy Minister of Health Mahinda Amaraweera, to check corruption in the Sri Jayawardenepura Hospital, will be fully implemented by Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena.

Following a spate of complaints, the Health Minister appointed a three-member probe team, headed by Deputy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, which also included Dr. Hemantha Beneragama and N. G. Kularatne.

They met on over 20 occasions and submitted their report on October 13 to Minister Sirisena. They made numerous recommendations, after interviewing several persons and reported of financial irregularities, mismanagement and irregular tender procedures.

Health Ministry sources told The Island that the Amaraweera probe report will not be taken lightly and allowed to gather dust, which usually happens to such probe reports. Those sources said that action will be taken to implement the recommendations.

The same sources told ‘The Island’ that any person who had been found fault with of any corrupt practice will be dealt with severely and even if they had retired from service they would be held responsible and punished, if sufficient evidence was found in addition to legal action against them.

SJGH sources also told ‘The Island’ that approval has been granted allegedly by a top official at the SJGH for an illegal connection of a sewerage outflow pipe-line from a 14-storied apartment complex near the hospital to be connected to the hospital sewerage system.

Chairman of the SJGH Board of Directors M. W. E. Wijewantha and Hospital Director Dr. L. de Lanerolle declined to comment on this matter.

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