2 May 2014

Suspended Vanuatu health bureaucrats return

7:39 pm on 2 May 2014

Vanuatu's Supreme Court has quashed the suspensions of three senior directors in the Department of Health.

The Director of Public Health Len Tarivonda, Director of Curative Services Dr. Hensley Garae and Director of Corporate Services Russel Tamata were suspended by the Acting Director General of Health, Dr. Santus Wari, for alleged incompetence eight months ago.

They have been receiving their full salaries.

The men have now returned to work but not to the directors' post, because the Government abolished them last month.

The three say their lawyer has written to the Public Service giving its chairman one week to declare that their suspensions were unjustified.

They also plan to file for damages.