HEALTH secretary Pascoe Kase, pictured, has been asked to vacate his office so an investigation can be done into the department to ascertain issues raised by the National Doctors Association, Prime Minister James Marape says.
Marape said Kase was asked to step aside and take some time off to allow a committee to investigate.
He said when he met with the National Doctors Association (NDA) to receive its petition, they agreed that he appoint one investigator, the health minister would appoint one and NDA would appoint one.
“I appointed one, Health Minister Elias Kapavore appointed one and NDA delayed for a week and finally appointed one a week ago,” he said.
“So we will now ask the secretary to step aside for a week, vacate his office and take time off as investigations are carried out.
“My Government will never compromise the health of our people so we are sending in these investigators to ascertain the issues and matters that were raised.”
Marape said if the investigations found that there were some individuals in the department who needed to respond to some of the issues discovered, then they would deal with them.
The NDA presented a nine-point petition to Marape on Aug 27 that included:
A need for new leadership, and secretary to be replaced;