Hospital CEO fails to comply with parliamentary order

first_img… still to account for millions not returned to TreasuryChief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Allan Johnson has failed to comply with an order of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to submit records substantiating that the institution did in fact return millions of dollars to the Treasury in compliance with the financial laws of the land.The glaring financial discrepancy was raised by the Auditor General in his 2015 report and queried by the Public Accounts Committee on Monday last.Johnson and his Finance Director had differing versions of whether all unspent money allocated to the entity had been returned to the Treasury at the end of the year.Johnson had told the Committee that all of the unspent money for 2015 and 2016 had been returned to the Treasury; his Finance Director claimed otherwise and none were able to produce the corroborating documents.Checks with the Parliamentary Committee Division on Thursday revealed that none of the requested information has been submitted by the Hospital’s CEO or a designate.PAC Member and former Minister within the Finance Ministry, Bishop Juan Edghill has since charged that Johnson was deliberately being evasive on political instructions in order to frustrate the work of the PAC as it probed the Auditor General’s findings with regards discrepancies in the institution’s spending of taxpayers’ dollars in recent years.Either that or he is grossly incompetent, according to the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) member of the PAC.Edghill told Guyana Times “any Accounting Officer worth his salt would arm himself with the necessary personnel and information in order to adequately address the audit queries when appearing before PAC.”The former Minister in the Finance Ministry told this publication that Johnson would have known about the query at least six months ago when the audit findings would have been turned over to that institution.PAC Chairman, Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali questioning the GPHC officials on MondayHe further charged that the institution would have been subject to ‘exit interviews’ with the Audit Office over the discrepancies raised.Supporting his claim of a political hand pulling the proverbial strings, Edghill drew reference to the fact that GPHC is currently under intense scrutiny by the PPP/C opposition particularly over its procurement of drugs and pointed to a recent incident where members of a Parliamentary Sectoral Committee was prevented from inspecting GPHCs storage bond.The former Government Minister said the PAC will be making its recommendations when preparing its report for the Full House of the National Assembly.In that report, according to Edghill, recommendations may be made for disciplinary action, whether departmentally or criminally, whether fines should be paid or the hospital CEO surcharged.The former Government Minister said too that the Finance Secretary, Dr Hector Butts is also empowered to act under the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act.He told Guyana Times in an exclusive interview on Thursday that he was yet to receive any notification from the Clerk of Committees as it relates to whether Johnson did in fact lay over documents promised to that parliamentary body – to be submitted on Tuesday last.On Monday last during the PAC meeting when the GPHC officials failed on numerous occasions to provide specific answers on spending undertaken by the Hospital in 2015, Chairman Irfaan Ali intervened and brought the proceedings to a close before ousting Johnson.The PAC Chairman was adamant the GPHC’s CEO, “is trying to frustrate the PAC, I believe the CEO, you, you are disrespectful… you came here before you know who are the relevant offices that need to be before PAC.”According to Ali, “this behaviour would not be tolerated; I will not allow you to waste the PAC time… we are going to ask you to leave this morning and we are going to get back to you and we hope you come back prepared the next time.”He used the occasion to draw to Johnson’s attention the fact the public was an integral stakeholder in the process.By the end of the PAC session, Edghill posited that the postulations on the part of the Hospital CEO could have been very deliberate, “coming to PAC this morning with one member of staff who is not capable and in possession of all of the information”.last_img read more

‘These boys are giants’: Klopp salutes Liverpool heroes

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp was overcome with emotion after Liverpool’s incredible win against Barcelona © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 8 – Jurgen Klopp turned the air blue as the Liverpool manager celebrated his side’s incredible Champions League semi-final success against Barcelona with a profanity-laced victory speech.Klopp’s men powered to their second successive Champions League final with a stunning 4-0 win against the Spanish champions in Tuesday’s second leg at Anfield. Liverpool had been written off after losing the first leg 3-0, but doubles from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum completed one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history.It was all too much for the always passionate Klopp as the German let his emotions run wild in an entertaining post-match interview.Speaking to BT Sport, Klopp said: “It’s 10 past 10, most of your children are probably in bed but these boys are f*****g talented giants. It’s unbelievable.“Fine me if you want. I’m not native so I don’t have better words for it.“The whole game. The whole performance was too much. It was overwhelming. I watched in my life so many football games but I can’t remember many like this.“Winning is already difficult but winning with a clean sheet? We played against maybe the best team in world. I don’t know how the boys did it.”Klopp saluted his spirited players for refusing to accept they were out after losing the first leg by such a large margin.“It’s the best phase of football. There are more important things in the world. But creating this emotional atmosphere together is so special. It’s all about the players,” he said.“The mix of potential and unbelievable heart is just a mix I never saw before. You have to be confident in a game like this.“I saw James Milner crying after the game on the pitch, it means so much to all of us.”– ‘Cheeky’ Liverpool –The victory was all the more astonishing because Liverpool were playing with the injured Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita.Klopp turned to Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri to fill in for Salah and Firmino and the German was delighted that both seized their rare chances to shine.“Divock and Shaq didn’t play a lot. Putting a performance in like that, it was so important. It shows what’s possible in football. It’s so nice. It’s really nice,” he said.Liverpool are in their ninth European Cup final as they look to win the competition for a sixth time and will face Ajax or Tottenham in the Madrid showpiece.It is an outcome that was unthinkable at kick-off, but Klopp claimed he had a feeling Liverpool could rattle Barca if they played off the cuff.That was never better demonstrated than in the audacious corner routine that led to Origi’s winner, with Trent Alexander-Arnold appearing to walk away from the set-piece before quickly whipping it in to catch Barca off guard as the unmarked Belgian slotted home.“We had to be serious. But we needed to be cheeky as well. It was necessary,” Klopp added.“I saw the ball flying in the goal, I didn’t see the corner. I didn’t see who took the corner. (Liverpool substitute) Ben Woodburn said ‘what happened?“Barcelona defend predictable things well. But you need to be unpredictable at moments.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more