Post 2015 prez poll appointment scrapped following controversy

Close on the heels of the revelation of several dozens of persons, including civil society activist, Ven. Dambara Amila Thera, receiving special monthly payments beginning April 2015 from government-owned Litro Gas, it has now come to light that public-private enterprise Lanka Hospitals terminated a special appointment made following the last presidential election.

Well informed sources told The Island that the termination followed Daljith Singh, President Fortis Healthcare Limited and member of Lanka Hospitals Board of Directors raising the issue at the highest level. Singh had sought an explanation as to the requirement for the new position of Director Medical Services.

Sri Lanka Insurance is the principal shareholder with Fortis healthcare Limited and the Bank of Ceylon sharing the remaining shares.

Sources said that the appointment at issue had been newly created post of Consultant in Medical Administration to accommodate Dr. Susith Senaratne. Consequent to the new entrant being paid approximately Rs. 350,000 being taken up recently at the board meeting, the appointment had been abolished, sources said.

Sources said that the Lanka Hospitals refrained from filling the post of Director Medical Services. Dr. Senaratne functioned in that post for about two years.

In the wake of the creation of the new post above the then Director Medical Services, Dr Wimal Karandagoda, the veteran administrator quit the hospital. Dr. Karandagoda has now rejoined Lanka Hospitals (SF)

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