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QEH money probe

GERCINE CARTER, gercinecarter@nationnews.com

Added 23 October 2019

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Leader of Government business in the Senate, Senator Jerome Walcott, speaking with Independent Senator Alphea Wiggins as they headed to the Chamber yesterday. (Picture by Gercine Carter.)

An investigation has been launched to discover where millions of dollars belonging to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) have ended up.

This was revealed by Leader of Government Business Senator Jerome Walcott, who told the Senate yesterday the last qualified audit of the hospital was done in 2011 and there was currently “an additional $7.1 million that cannot be explained in terms of where it has gone; what it has purchased; who it has paid”.

He also highlighted a situation where there was a gap of $13.1 million between an actual stock count and a matching book value of inventory that has to be written off.

These were among several troubling issues at the main health care institution voiced by Walcott while leading off debate on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which is intended to institute a new management structure at the institution.

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