The Government is planning on separating Port Moresby General Hospital fromthe National Department of Health.
Under this conceptthe country’s largest referral hospital will operate on independent financial and management powers.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made this announcement when visitingthe hospital overthe weekend.
The visit was to see what has been done in recent times to improverthe conditions atthe hospital.
The Prime Minister was pleased with what he saw and commendedthe great efforts put in bythe new board and management.
And to show that he had confidence inthe current board, he did not hesitate to announce his government’s plans onthe future ofthe hospital.
“Next year, we’re planning that Port Moresby General Hospital will become a Statutory Authority, which means thatthey will manage alltheir affairsthemselves and not going throughthe health department ,” said O’Neill. “They will havetheir own budget,they will managetheir own finances, andthey will managetheir own Human Resource capacities and allthe nurses and doctors.”
Under this new concept all staff will be transferred fromthe public sector to this new statutory authority.
The Health department is expected to receive an increased funding in next year’s budgetoandthe same for the education sector.
“Next year we’re going to allocate more funds to add on to what we’ve spent so far,” said O’Neill.
One Million kina was used to renovate this ward and anther Eleven Million for the remaining eleven wards.
The government has delivered Fifty Million kina tothe hospital as promised in this year’s budget.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister O’Neill saidthe upgrading at Port Moresby General Hospital is an indication ofthe government’s focus on health.
He said Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae will also receive direct funding fromthe Government and not throughthe department of health.
He saidthe National Executive Council has declared a State of Emergency for the Angau to allow for urgent repair and maintenance to be carrlied out.
Cabinet has called for 15 million kina in a health trust account to be released for this work.
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