THE Government has sidelined the outspoken acting chief executive officer of Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae.
Dr Polapoi Chalau has publicly announced that Angau Hospital will conti-nue to charge fees for basic health care services, which is directly against the national Government’s free basic health care policy.
Dr Chalau last week came out in the media a day after Health Secretary Pascoe Kase announced that the free health care policy was effective as of February 24, stating that Angau will continue to charge fees because it would take time for paper work to be done and hospital processes to be aligned with the new policy.
The National Executive Council, in a meeting, revoked the appointment of Dr Chalau as the acting chief executive officer.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in a statement yesterday said Dr Jim Abrahams is the new acting chief executive officer for the Angau Memorial Hospital.
Mr O’Neill said the acting appointment was made after the Government’s decision to revoke the acting appointment of Dr Chalau.
He said Dr Abrahams’ acting appointment came into effect as of February 17.
He was previously appointed as the hospital’s administrator when Angau was put under a state of emergency.
The Prime Minister said Dr Abrahams will be the acting CEO until a permanent appointment is made. Post Courier