Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Departments summoned

PAC to haul up below par govt agencies




Members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) inspected the Laloki Psychiatric Hospital and the Port Moresby General Hospital yesterday, The National reports.

The PAC is expected to hold inquiries into the Department of Health today and also open inquiries into several government entities.

Tomorrow, the PAC will haul up the worst performing government institutions identified through the inquiries, to explain to the committee why they are unable to improve their performance.

The inspection team yesterday was led by chairman Martin Aini and Bulolo MP Sam Basil.

Chief Secretary Margaret Elias and other senior go­vernment officials from the Prime Minister’s Department and the Department of Health accompanied the inspection team.

At the PMGH, the team visited various wards, asking questions and receiving answers from hospital management and staff members.

Patients with relatives and staff at the hospital reacted in various ways when they saw the team touring the hospital, with some being happy that such an inspection could result in changes to the hospital in the future.

Others just admired the presence of senior government officials at the hospital.


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