FORMER Kimbe hospital chief executive officer Dr Victor Golpak will be re-instated but as acting manager under the new health reforms, Minister for Health Michael Malabag told parliament on Tuesday.
Minister Malabag explained the status of former head of the hospital after a question was raised by West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel in parliament by WNB Governor over a court order for reinstatement.
Mr Malabag said letters of re-instatements are prepared and delivered this week by the department’s lawyers but he will not assume the position of the CEO of the hospital because the position is not in existence as the Provincial Health Authority reforms have taken over the health system in the province.
The Public Hospitals Act ceased to operate when the new PHA board and system is sworn into office under the Provincial Health authorities Act 2007.
Dr Golpak will work under the PHA in Kimbe as acting manager for Kimbe Hospital until such time when positions are advertised.
Dr Golpak was suspended by the minister in 2012 following allegations of mismanagement. In his place Dr Joseph Nale was appointed as the acting CEO for the hospital.
Mr Malabag explains that an investigations were conducted in 2013, however before the case was concluded, the province entered into health reforms through the Provincial health authorities and was declared a full PHA through in 2014.
The new reforms included four new executive positions,
Dr Golpak took his suspension for a judicial review by the courts where a decision was made for him to be re-instated to his substantive position and for the state to pay him K5000 for public shame and embarrassment.
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