Dr. JJ to raise private security in govt. hospitals at COPE

by Don Asoka Wijewardena

UNP Deputy General Secretary Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena yesterday said that he would take up, at the next sessions of Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Health, the Health Ministry’s outsourcing of security to a private security firm.

He said he would do that to ensure that the Ministry would be more transparent and accountable to the people in all its activities.

He pointed out that the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) should be informed of the controversial outsourcing. The irregular practices outside the tender procedure had tarnished the image of the Ministry, he added.

Dr. Jayawardhna said that Minister Sirisena was the General Secretary of the SLFP and the Land Reclamation Development Corporation Security (Pvt) Ltd. was not a government owned one. It was a serious problem, because a Ministry was supposed to recruit its own personnel to handle the health sector security services.

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