Will Mr. Michael Khan return as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Georgetown Public Hospital
Corporation (GPHC)? That is the question currently being debated on. But based on information that has reached this publication this decision currently sits in the hands of Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton.
Khan was last year sent on administrative leave to allow for an unhindered forensic audit of the procurement processes at the GPHC. But based on the findings of the audit which was conducted by Junior Finance Minister, Mr. Jaipaul Sharma, Khan is guilty of no wrongdoing.
Many believed that this would have cleared the way for Khan to resume his duties as CEO of the hospital.
This is in light of the fact that just recently Chairman of the Board of Director, Dr. Carl ‘Max’ Hanoman, in addressing the fact that the hospital’s Matron (Ms. Collene Hicks) was sent on administrative leave to allow for an investigation of her conduct, said that once the findings do not substantiate allegations made against the Matron she will be allowed to resume her duties.
This publication understands that at a Board meeting on Friday Khan’s return was discussed but mixed responses were forthcoming from the members.
Reports are that the meeting became so heated that the Chairman stormed out unwilling to be a part of the process. But when contacted yesterday, the Chairman was not willing to substantiate the information that was reliably related to this publication.
However, another member of the Board did verify that the disagreeable nature of the meeting failed to find favour with Dr. Hanoman who was unwilling to continue to be a part of the assembly.
The member confirmed too that the findings of the audit have cleared Khan of all allegations of wrongdoing. “The findings have been handed over to us and we as a Board have deliberated on it. We have a consensus to let the Minister know the findings of the audit…We have written to the Minister and we are awaiting his response in terms of guidance on the way forward,” the member informed.
The current state of affairs at the level of the Board the member disclosed is that “some folks are optimistic that Khan will return, some are not and some are just not saying anything…It is kind of ‘ticklish’.”
This publication was, however, informed that ahead of the completion of the audit the Board had agreed that should the findings of the audit clear Khan he should be reinstated.
Khan was sent on administrative leave on September 9, 2015 and Minister Norton had informed then that “generally if we are doing an investigation, if who we are investigating might be considered to be impeding the investigation, we generally would send them on leave.”
Mr. Alan Johnson, who formerly headed the New Amsterdam Hospital, was tasked with acting in the capacity of CEO and continues to do so.
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