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Jul 16, 2014

Still no answers on the alleged misuse of funds Southern Regional Hospital

Peter Allen

While the K.H.M.H. is the current hot topic in the news, everybody’s still waiting to see what will happen with the very disturbing case of the Southern Regional Hospital. As you heard earlier in the news, Health C.E.O. Peter Allen says he’s been trying to get an update from Police on the way forward in that case. It is alleged that Administrator Nasley Sommerville misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars from the maternal and child health account at the hospital. So while that seems like a strictly criminal matter, Allen says that there are two separate but parallel courses of action.

 

Peter Allen, C.E.O., Ministry of Health

“There are two actions: one is an administrative action which occurs through the Ministry of the Public Service and the Public Service Commission and the other is the police action which occurs through that department if there is any consideration of wrong doing maybe of a criminal nature. So obviously in that particular order there are concerns and so we have immediately reported it to the police. There are also administrative problems which we have immediately reported to the Public Service Commission.”

 

Reporter

“Can you tell us what is the activity that will take place to retrieve these funds that have been mismanaged according to the auditor general’s report. The action seems to be disciplinary at this point but the monies are missing and I guess that the ministry wants to retrieve that as soon as possible.”

 

Peter Allen

“That’s certainly true but unfortunately it is not under our authority that would be for the courts to decide. The officer particularly implicated in the south has also proclaimed her innocence and we are of course being threatened by various lawsuits by people who say that we should not have conducted an audit or conducted an investigation. But we are determined to do the right thing; but we are also determined that the appropriate authorities will be the one to make the final decisions.”

 

Allen claimed that he could not confirm the status of Sommerville at this time…whether she is suspended or on duty. He says we would have to check with the Ministry of the Public Service for that information.

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