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Jul 16, 2009

K.H.M.H. doctors and admin still in mediation

Story PictureThe wounds are still raw at the K.H.M.H. and the four week dispute over inflated prices paid for medical supplies, has been overshadowed in recent days by the revelations of more corruption at various public offices. This Friday morning, the B.M.D.U. and the K.H.M.H. board will sit to review a new document which is really an amalgamation of proposals from both sides. While they have compromised on some aspects of the Memorandum, there is still hurdle to cross; that is that the doctors want the Board’s Chairman, Dr. Ricardo Fabro to either leave or be sent home until the investigations are complete. But if all the I’s are dotted and t’s are crossed in the final draft of the M.O.U. on Friday, there might be a compromise on this contentious point. Today, Labour Commissioner, Ivan Williams, told News Five that the finishing touches were being penned in an effort to reach an agreement. In the instance the two parties cannot agree, then arbitration would be the next step. Notwithstanding, a Commission of Inquiry, will investigate the allegations of over pricing in the procurement of medical supplies at the hospital.

And still on the subject, the opposition P.U.P. today condemned what it calls a delay in the appointment of the Commission of Inquiry. The P.U.P. says that it supports the immediate suspension of the chairman but goes further to say that it wants the entire board, C.E.O. and director of financial services, suspended until the investigation and independent audit is completed. And according to the opposition, the National Trade Union Congress should be invited to frame the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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