Govt takes over NFTH

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By 2017-07-17

 

The Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) will be taken over by the government today at 10.00 a.m. at a ceremony attended by President Maithripala Sirisena.

The Cabinet decided a few weeks ago to nationalize the NFTH and convert it into a teaching hospital. NFTH will be nationalized and converted into an establishment similar to the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital, which provides affordable...... healthcare for patients, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka said during a Cabinet press briefing held last June.

"The Government has valued the NFTH at Rs 3.55 billion. The Government will take over the hospital and will pay the loan taken by Neville Fernando, the founder, from the Bank of Ceylon in 10 years," he said.

Karunathilaka added that the Minister of Health will appoint a board to administer the NFTH, similar to the one administering the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital.

"Medicines will be given free of charge. However, there will also be paying wards similar to the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital.

Meanwhile, co- Cabinet Spokesman Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara added that the NFTH is located at an easily accessible location, as it is near the Kaduwela Exit of the Southern Expressway, and that this can be developed as a hospital which caters to patients who are transferred to Colombo from rural hospitals.

The nationalization of the NFTH was decided as part of a solution to issues pertaining to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

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