NFTH handed over to Govt

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By 2017-07-18

By Umesh Moramudali

The Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH), which was set up to provide clinical training for students from the South Asian Institution of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), was handed over to the Government yesterday. The agreement regarding the takeover was signed between......Dr. Neville Fernando who is the Chairman of the SAITM and the Secretary to the Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Faculty of Medicine Teachers' Associations of Sri Lanka (FFMTA) said, the taking over this hospital by the government does not ensure that the current students of SAITM will gain adequate exposure to patient care.

"Unless the management of the degree awarding institute is also taken over, the public can clearly see that the government is spending billions of rupees of tax payers' money in acquiring and maintaining a hospital to support a profit-making business of an individual, family or a group of individuals," FFMTA added.

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 media briefing in June.

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

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