GPHC CEO, Chairman hauled before the Court for alleged ‘arbitrary dismissal’

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By Kurt Campbell

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Neermal Rekha.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Neermal Rekha.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) has learnt that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Michael Khan and the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Neermal Rekha have been taken to Court by former Director of Financial Services, Mohamed Karimullah.

According to a source, the duo was challenged in the Court by Karimullah for what he believes was the exercise of power unjustly which resulted in his ‘arbitrary’ dismissal.

iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) was reliably informed that a hearing was conducted on Thursday, March 27.

When contacted by this news entity, Khan refused to comment. “I cannot comment on that,” he said. Khan neither confirmed nor rejected the allegations.

CEO of GPHC, Michael Khan.
CEO of GPHC, Michael Khan.

Karimullah along with an Accounts Clerk was sent on administrative leave to facilitate an investigation of $4M that could not accounted for during an audit in October 2013.

 “As a result of a Board decision, on Thursday October 24, 2013 the Director of Financial Services and a Clerk from the Accounts Department have been sent off on administrative leave. This decision took immediate effect so that the probe into the disappearance of funds from the Institution could be continued,” a press release from the GPHC had stated.

At a press briefing then, Minister of Health Dr. Bheri Ramsaran disclosed that a total of $4.131 million could not be accounted for and that a cashier was being held accountable for the missing money.

When contacted today (Saturday, March 29) Ramsarran said he was aware that there were movements in that direction but has not been fully briefed on the matter.

“I am not being evasive, because of the nature of the matter I have to be careful.”

 

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