21 Jun 2007

Claims of millions of dollars of fraud in the PNG Health Department

2:18 pm on 21 June 2007

There are claims that millions of kina are being wasted and stolen through corruption and incompetence in the Papua New Guinea health department.

The outgoing Minister of Health, Sir Peter Barter, has written to the police commissioner, Gari Baki, detailing allegations of corruption centering on the tendering process.

Sir Peter wants police to investigate allegations that large quantities of drugs have disappeared from health department stores.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that Sir Peter has allegedly been stymied in getting action from departmental officials, who have been indecisive.

The paper quotes Sir Peter saying that he has been told by very reliable sources that medical stores are being offered by staff to wholesalers and in some cases direct to private hospitals and patients.