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Acquiring NFTH: No agreement only letter of intent: GMOA

12 August 2017 09:41 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The GMOA said yesterday the Government had still not acquired the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) on the basis that no agreement had been signed between the Health Ministry and SAITM with regard to its acquisition.

GMOA Secretary Haritha Aluthge told a news conference that SAITM, the Health Ministry and the Bank of Ceylon (BoC) had only signed a ‘Letter of Intent’ by confirming their willingness to enter into a three-party agreement to be signed later.

“According to the ‘Letter of Intent’ provided by the Health Ministry Secretary on our request, the agreement will be signed subject to terms and conditions agreed by all three parties and on the approval of the Cabinet,” he said.

Dr. Aluthge said it was evident that the government had still not acquired the NFTH and added that the ‘Letter of Intent’ was not a legally binding agreement.

He said this proved that Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne had deceived the government including President Maithripala Sirisena.

“A Commission similar to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on the Bond issue should be set up to investigate this controversy involving Minister Senaratne, who is also attempting to mislead the judiciary,” he added.

GMOA Assistant Secretary Naveen De Soyza said the time had now arrived for the minister to resign from his portfolio.

He said the GMOA had asked MP Ravi Karunanayake to resign from his portfolio in 2015 and it had happened in 2017.

“We have been asking Minister Senaratne to resign since 2016 and should do so next year,” Dr. De Soyza said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)


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  Comments - 6

  • chandradeva Saturday, 12 August 2017 02:17 PM

    Now it is giving free medicine like Government Hospital. Free Hospitalization and free OPD services are given. Very good service they give and it is very clean.

    Ajja Saturday, 12 August 2017 03:41 PM

    This Doctor fellow is not treating patients but wasting time in front of Media.what a crime.I am sure he must be drawing a free salary from the Tax payers money.You are a curse.

    Lanka Perera Saturday, 12 August 2017 05:30 PM

    Yes of course....NFTH will not be bought over by the govt as Neville has to pay back the loan to BoC. This agreement is to give the hospital to govt once the loan is fully settled. Dont try to hoodwink the public..Public are not as dumb as you think.

    Nimal Sunday, 13 August 2017 04:12 AM

    Public are not as dumb as the GMOA executive.

    Perumal Saturday, 12 August 2017 06:06 PM

    Doctors turned lawyers

    daham Saturday, 12 August 2017 06:12 PM

    Does Rajitha know the difference between agreement and letter of intent?

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