22 March, 2019

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Exposé: Questions Haunt Health Ministry’s Rs 7 billion Cancer Project

Few are surprised by accounts of corruption on Sri Lanka’s mega-projects such as highways, ports and airports. These were widely rumoured at the time and hardly come as a surprise. But even as President Maithripala Sirisena struggles to implement the Senaka Bibile drug policy reforms in an attempt to reduce healthcare costs, emerging revelations from the Health Ministry cast shadows over the transparency of a multi-billion rupee cancer treatment project inherited from the former government.

Rajitha - became the minister to “the most corrupt ministry”

Rajitha – became the minister to “the most corrupt ministry”

Anatomy of a Scam

The project appears to have had its origins in a proposal drafted by Drs Mahendra Perera (Board Chairman for Oncology) and Jayantha Balawardane (Senior Consultant Oncologist at the National Cancer Insitute, Maharagama), which was then submitted to the Sri Lanka College of Oncologists. Sensibly, the proposal called for a transition from the outdated Cobalt-60 radiotherapy machines to more modern linear accelerators. It was adopted at the College’s annual general meeting and submitted to the Ministry of Health, now dubbed “Provision of High Quality Radiotherapy for Cancer Patients in Sri Lanka with High Energy Radiation”.

The Treasury then went on to make a provision of Rs 900 million for the project in 2014, Rs 2,750 million in 2015, Rs 2,640 million in 2016 and a further Rs 800 million for 2017. The total spend on the project? A hefty Rs 7,090 million. To put it in perspective, the value of this single project (Rs 7 billion) is equivalent to the annual equipment budget for all 550 hospitals under the Ministry of Health for two years.

Amazingly for so large a project, Philips (Israel) refused to provide a detailed breakdown of costs even when requested to do so by the Health Ministry

Amazingly for so large a project, Philips (Israel) refused to provide a detailed breakdown of costs even when requested to do so by the Health Ministry

According to the Financial Regulations, the procedure for making any procurement for the government is a public call for tenders, sometimes preceded by a prequalification process. In the present case, however, there was no prequalification process. Neither was there a call for tenders. Instead, a decision was made arbitrarily to make this massive purchase from the UK branch of a Swedish company called Elekta. The local distributor for Elekta is Siyol International (Private) Limited, located on the second floor of Bible House in Colombo 3. Incredibly, the decision to make this purchase from Elekta—in strict secrecy and flagrantly violating tender procedure— was despite the fact that there are at least four reputed international manufacturers of medical linear accelerators. Elekta, however, simply named its price and the Health Ministry paid up. According to industry insiders, the prices being paid by the Ministry exceed market prices by more than 50%, a rorting of the public purse and raising questions as to who the beneficiaries of this largesse are.

The UAE Deal

Elekta had been unheard of until the government of the United Arab Emirates was approached for the gift of two multimillion dollar brachytherapy units, for the Maharagama cancer institute and Teaching Hospital Kandy. Again no tenders were called. Instead, the equipment was purchased through Siyol with no transparency or competitive bidding. So cynical has the scheme become that Siyol proudly lists “Coordinating with the UAE Embassy for the donation of 02 Nos Brachytherapy units” in its Corporate Social Responsibility report, as if this were an act of charity. But the question remains: Who recommended Elekta and its agent Siyol without any transparent procedure?

The technical specialist to sign off on the project was S.A.J. Karunatilaka, an engineer attached to the Health Ministry’s Division of Biomedical Engineering Services based on de Saram Road, Colombo 10. Information now in the hands of Colombo Telegraph (see image 2) show that this individual had been caught red-handed, making as many as 15 secret, unauthorised overseas trips over the past several years.

The technical specialist to sign off on the project was S.A.J. Karunatilaka, an engineer attached to the Health Ministry’s Division of Biomedical Engineering Services based on de Saram Road, Colombo 10. Information now in the hands of Colombo Telegraph (see image 2) show that this individual had been caught red-handed, making as many as 15 secret, unauthorised overseas trips over the past several years.

For the linear accelerator deal, however, Elekta and Siyol brought in a third company, Philips Electronics (Israel) Limited. Elekta had acquired the Radiotherapy Division of Philips Medical Systems and now had an additional front under which to do business. Hans Barella, former President and CEO of Philips Medical Systems now sits on Elekta’s board. What is more, working out of Israel means not being subject to the tedious anticorruption regulations of the European Union, or the draconian Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the United States. The deal had by now reached astronomical proportions, with plans to supply 13 more linear accelerators, together with a host of ancillary equipment. These include eight Big Bore Philips CT simulators at a price of US$ 15 million (Rs 2000 million) and nine IBT Bebig brachytherapy units for US$ 6 million (Rs 810 million). For its part, Elekta (UK) would supply 13 more linear accelerators at a mind-boggling Rs 3200 million. In all, the consortium would walk off with more than Rs 7000 million in public funds. Amazingly for so large a project, Philips (Israel) refused to provide a detailed breakdown of costs even when requested to do so by the Health Ministry (Image 1).

A Much-travelled Engineer

The technical specialist to sign off on the project was S.A.J. Karunatilaka, an engineer attached to the Health Ministry’s Division of Biomedical Engineering Services based on de Saram Road, Colombo 10. Information now in the hands of Colombo Telegraph (see image 2) show that this individual had been caught red-handed, making as many as 15 secret, unauthorised overseas trips over the past several years. While the sources of funding for these trips are as yet unknown, the matter of finding out who paid for them is child’s play given that a schedule of the relevant flights has been obtained from the Department of Immigration and Emigration (see Image 3). Yet, the Ministry of Health has failed to interdict this officer, report him to the Bribery Commission or even investigate many other multimillion rupee deals with which he was associated.

While the sources of funding for these trips are as yet unknown, the matter of finding out who paid for them is child’s play given that a schedule of the relevant flights has been obtained from the Department of Immigration and Emigration (see Image 3). Yet, the Ministry of Health has failed to interdict this officer, report him to the Bribery Commission or even investigate many other multimillion rupee deals with which he was associated.

While the sources of funding for these trips are as yet unknown, the matter of finding out who paid for them is child’s play given that a schedule of the relevant flights has been obtained from the Department of Immigration and Emigration (see Image 3). Yet, the Ministry of Health has failed to interdict this officer, report him to the Bribery Commission or even investigate many other multimillion rupee deals with which he was associated.

Documents the Colombo Telegraph has seen show that these deals include not only procurements for the Ministry of Health, but also for the Ministry of Higher Education, the Sri Lanka Army and Sri Lanka Navy. These projects include “Supply of Medical Equipment to the Medical Faculties of Rajarata and Eastern Universities and the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences of the University of Peradeniya” for the Ministry of Higher Education for Rs 750 million”, “Purchase of Single-Place Floor Mounted C-arm System” for the Sri Lanka Army for Rs 86.8 million, and a “Digital Radiography System” for the Sri Lanka Navy for Rs 65.9 million. Sources in the Army and Navy state that these deals are being separately investigated by them for improper procurement process.

All this begs the question, why was an officer found guilty of undertaking 15 foreign trips without official approval, and blatantly using undeclared sources of income, allowed to sit on such important technical procurement committees? Why did the Secretary of the Ministry of Health not inform the Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and the commanders of the Army and Navy that S.A.J. Karunatilaka had been found guilty of serious misconduct in a formal ministerial inquiry? Was it so that these deals could proceed without further scrutiny?

The question also remains as to who it was that decided to subvert the government’s procurement procedure and award this enormous contract to a single supplier with no calling for tenders. Such a decision can have only come from very high indeed. Asked for a comment by Colombo Telegraph Dr Jayantha Balawardane denied ever asking that this procurement be made from Elekta without calling for open tenders. “We only requested high energy linear accelerators with associated equipments”, he said. “We have not requested or specified any particular brands at any stage in our proposal.” Asked why no tenders were called for this multibillion-rupee procurement, which clearly violated the government’s tender procedure, Dr Balawardane stated “I am not involved in [this] process”, putting the ball squarely in the Ministry’s court.

Yahapalanaya on Trial

The question now before Rajitha Senaratne, who presides over the ministry that President Maithripala Sirisena himself in a speech at Maharagama last week described as “the most corrupt ministry” in the country, is what action to take? Should this multibillion rupee scam be swept under the carpet (with the implication that the new administration too, is complicit in it), or should a public inquiry take place to find out why no tenders were called and on what basis the astronomical prices quoted by Elekta and Philips (Israel) were accepted as being reasonable. This, after all, is precisely the kind of wasteful and extravagant excess the Common Candidate bemoaned publicly and swore to investigate and eradicate. That said, will the government live up to its promise?

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    Sri lanka these days talks a lot about corruptions. Even the past had been like this.when the new govt comes it always criticize the previous govt saying how the former leader bankrupted Sri lanka. anyway, corruption had been the norm among politicians since the Oliver gunathilake times and corruptions, wastage and swindling of public money and resources went unhindered. IOt was never punished. Most of the former politicians and present politicians live fairly better lives because of what they stole when the were the former ministers or just MPs.

    So, the final question is are all these talks until the general election passes by and that is it ?

    Because CBK or Ranil and most other politicians have supported corruptions and wastage and they never tried to stop it.

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      Another case of big big corruption. Who ever headed this ministry (present president Mr. Maithripala Sirisena) at that time this should be investigated. So CT you have educated CT readers and what is you next action, will you stop without going further.

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    Seems like unknown angel is not a saint after all !!!

    What goes around comes around,

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      ha ha ha so who was in charge of the health. Ministry ???? PERHAPS THE EXPERTS IN CT MAY Be able to answer this question.

      _

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        sarojini

        “PERHAPS THE EXPERTS IN CT MAY Be able to answer this question.

        Wasn’t there a monitoring MP to monitor ministry?

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    Corrupt people however high should be hunted and given deterrent punishments. There should never ever be any case of pushing any corrupt activity ‘under the carpet’!

    Sengodan. M

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      There will be nobody left to run the country!

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    CT is wasting time if it expects the [Edited out] in the Photo to eliminate corruption.

    He is a good for nothing loud mouth even a Dalit like me finds offensive.

    My Three ran the Ministry of Health all his life in the Ministry and Cabinet.

    Why is he waiting to arrest the culprits?

    Has Sira already handed over that particular power to Ranil?.

    But the worst development since the My Three palanaya is the influx of all “A” grade Under World from their hiding places in Dubai, Rome,and Madras,

    Has Wella Sudda done a deal with the Government ?.

    I mean who are better qualified than the Underworld ex exiles.if the Government wants to stop the Nugegodians who have risen?.

    One Kudu Lal is coming down from London too..according to the news paper reports.

    Didn’t the Elite, Anglicans and the Vellalas go around at one stage accusing one Kudu Mervyn escorting Kudu Lal to London?.

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      Yes Sumanasekara,

      Once we heard a Kudu Lal being helped by Kudu Mervyn and also a Kudu Sumanasekara writing tosh on CT.

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        Very funny!!

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    It was widely known that MS didn’t know, or didn’t have a say in tender calling, drug bill or anything related to purchase or big money deal in the Health Ministry. Health ministry under Nimal Siripala De Silva was a very corrupt one. And Maithree wasn’t the health minister when these deals were first struck. Even if he had signed them later it must have been as for the continuation of already approved project. Came to know that the director of Cancer hospital Dr Kanishka Karunaratne is being replaced and the reason is for him being very close to MARA family and someone MARA often consulted during his early hr(5.30 am) breakfast meetings at temple trees. He was extremely unpopular with the ministers. I remember MS was taking a dig at him during his first talk to the doctors while campaigning(even though his daughters child was delivered by this very same doctor for free of charge). As far as I know Dr Karunaratne is not a scheming rogue though he maintained a close relationship with MARA, and he hadn’t gained anything personally(amassed any wealth or benefit) except for the directorship for the cancer hospital. Finally CT is doing some real investigative journalism not sensational politics. So probably you guys should pose these questions to former health minister, and then submitted to Anti Corruption committee. So that we all will find truth. Good doctors can clear their names too.

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      The comment on Dr. Kanishka Karunaratne is a bit surprising.

      Although difficult to believe given his mannerism, attitude, reputation, he must have a very good reason for being dictatorial at the Cancer Hospital. Good for him ! That place has changed for the better !!!

      He is a remarkable human being who has helped thousands of poor men and women. Keep up the good work doctor.

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        Cancer hospital is full of people who try to prey upon people who are about to die. He perhaps has to be hard on them so that poor people comes there will get a better service. We know how our nurses are treating the patients in gov hospitals – like Rags. Like every one here has commented, he is a very good doctor(arguably the best in SL in his field) who helps poor men and women free of charge. He never charges who can’t afford to pay even in his private practice. He did a lot for all the patients during his tenure. He is not a thief for sure. So I don’t believe he has any part in this radio therapy machine deals. Rajapakshas’ use anyone they can get hands on to leech money from us to their pockets. I am hoping that he will not be implicated in these deals and not lose his hard earned reputation as a great doctor and washed away by MARA sins.

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      Well, i have nothing against Dr.Kanishka Karunarata (Director / Gynacologist)
      bu we everyone knows who is Dr.Jayatha Balawardana and Dr.Mahendra Perera is, the both are some of the highly [Edited out] (Pioneers in [Edited out] practice) Medical prefessionals in Srilanka, these both are well know in the pharmaceutical industry the kind of DEAL they strike with pharma companies.
      I wont be surprised if these two would have made the recommendation to purchase the equipment from Siyol (which is another highly corrupt company)

      if one does little investigation it will easy to find out the kind of foreign travel, both MP & JB has made in the last few years

      I hope and pray that there will be genuine change in the way the country in governed and all corrupt people (not only politicians / doctors) should be sent to Welikade prison before the end of 100 day program)

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    I think either the SLFP or UNP cannot provide what Sri Lanka should have. Those both parties are filled with con-men.

    There should be a new alternative party with honest and capable men who are looking for easy to get rich. Some honest and competent politicians should take over Sri lanka.

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    very interesting reveations.Now let us see whether there is going to be action taken or not for not having tender procedures.Wasn’t this for which the former army commander was put into welikada for purchasing arms from his son inlaw without following any tender procedures.If maithri does not put the main culprit into jail for this medical episode he can kiss good bye to getting the chandrika faction of the SLFP in sufficient numbers into parliament.If he is the culprit then kota uda.If he can pass the buck up the line and send the person to jail then weta uda.

    Why should there be double standards for fonseka and somebody else?

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    All such corrupt charges are prompting citizens to seek one simple solution to be introduced asap. That is, the immediate introduction of ‘Social Responsibility Act’ demanding all citizens to be accountable to their actions and losing their civic rights at various levels including rights to vote, contest at elections, maintain bank accounts, buy or sell properties, travel overseas, practice their professions, etc. etc.in the event of liability to criminal, corruption and/or fraudulent acts. This will clean the public sector and the parliament in no time.

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    ” A typical RW hatchet job!”

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    Tsunami victims, cancer victims and what more…

    If any of these religions are true the amount of sin that these people acquiring should be enough for a few dozen lifetimes.

    This is when even an ardent skeptic would wish there is some truth to the claims laid down by any of the religions on this world.

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    Dr. Kanishka Karunaratneis a one of a kind human being who has helped thousands of poor men and women. He treated people with out any taking profestional charges. Also he charge Rs 350/- for consultations. Dr should be reinstated back as Director Cancer Hospital. He is not a thief. He may close to MR.

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    If corruption in government purchases is to be eliminated the only answer is total transparency. The British gave us a decent system and we improved upon it. The rot set in during JRJ’s government particularly by Premadasa and Sirisena Cooray ignoring and over riding tender procedure. It became worse during CBK’s time and during the time of the Medamulana Ali Baba and his 400 thieves there was no system at all.

    Politicians and Ministers will resist the old good system. But we all know, whatever the Govt. they are usually the biggest rogues.

    Kettikaran

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    Now who was the minister of health when this happened? Surely he can now explain clearly how this occurred and who wanted it to occur?

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    Cancer Hospital is a rotten place! What makes it rotten?
    1. When a cancer patient is dying relatives and friends donate thousands. To invoke blessings people donate,
    2. Because of the poor condition of the hospital, people want to donate but not monitor what is happening? Many People may donate for the same project!
    I am sure there is a process and many honest doctors! But not all are that honest!
    3. It is well known that SOME doctors have kickbacks from the extremely expensive medicines they prescribe. It is also known that manufacturers don’t work for cures but palliatives! However research costs and so does marketing. I met a specialist doctor who had to buy a cancer drug for a relative. Since he is in the profession he went directly to the company and wanted a discount since it was prohibitively expensive! He was told by the company to speak to the prescriber to waive off his commission! I don’t want to insult all honest oncologists and doctors. But did not think this doctor was lying???
    4. Tenders from three companies are adhered for any purchases over certain quantum of money! This is the law!! No one can flout this! Since billions are involved it cannot go over the head of any one! There is a fishy odour to this allegation.

    MY3 must be aware of some of these! To prevent tarnishing the image of MY3 I think an immediate audit query has to be ordered!

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    This is going to Shock some of you guys , do you know that there is still a cartel of Rajapakshe’s operating ?

    There is a team of guys who set up a NGO (Local) for cancer patients and they robbed the money , they used fake patients and also they robbed the money of the real patients .
    These guys then used most of the cash to buy lands , go clubbing, buy Cars , set up business. ( the kin pin is holding an high executive position a private Plc, )

    The Government has now started going all out it seems , good , they need to check guys who have been involved in such social work connected with cancer patients . even a once a upon a time reputed doctor of the Maharagame Hospital decided to go towards Citadel doctor , he Knew the patients had Zero chances but still prescribed injections that cost in hundreds of thousands and trust me guys , these were mostly middle class families already struggling to live day to day .
    I am totally disgusted with our Sri Lankans , how can they after knowing the entire story of The Rajapakshe I n black and white ,still [refer him to come back , there is almost a 49 % of Voter base waiting to Vote him in , what a sick society we have begotten .

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      Instead of blaming the Rajapaksas, remember that Maythree was WITH the Rajapaksas until the night before Nomination. He was PART OF THE PACK OF THIEVES. The Health Ministry Under his care was a big corrupt set up.
      Today the finance ministry is under Ravi k, charged in court for money Laundering, and he is “innocent until proven guilty”, but justice must not only be done, it should also APPEAR to be dine. If some one is accused of murder will he be appointed the minister of Justice since he is “innocent until proven guilty”?

      THe “Good governance” is just an electron slogan.
      .

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    ask SIRI…..! SIRI-pala or SIRI-sena. So simple.

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    Kanihka ia a good buddy of MARA and Gota.

    He was appointed to the board of Lanka Hospitals and paid about Rs 200,000 per month. Hope he paid his taxes.

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    bloody cheep, lowdown [Edited out] , with no dignity what soever , with no basic ,simple ethics , if there is something really called rebirth , or the Muslim version of nightmares in the grave without waking up ,let it take these buggers souls and may they suffer for us too see in this world before they die, the dirty scums ,how can anyone ever make money in the name of people dying of terminal illness ?
    such low down scums are being Venerated as Gods in this Country , Can you then imagine how low must be the people who are wanting these scums back?

    What a dead nation this Country has become.. no human values at all.

    What The hell is this government waiting for? what are you Minister Rajitha waiting for? Arrest all of them whole sale , forget the cock and bull of democracy, did they ( the previous regime have any?) clean the Country up , it needs a whole lot of washing up and you need at-least two years for this , cancel all elections and use the executive powers and put these scums behind bars for life . If you do not do it , then you also have your hands in it.

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    Dr Kanishka Karunaratne had done a remarkable service at the Maharagama cancer hospital.
    He is an outstanding cancer surgeon and a proven efficient administrator.
    He had attracted millions worth of private sector contributions to the hospital
    Supporting Mahinda Rajapakshe is his personal matter and that should not be confused with his capability.
    He should be reappointed as the director of the cancer hospital in the best interest of the country

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      If Dr. Karunaratne was removed from the Director role for political reasons, then I have an issue with this Yahapalanaya.

      Earlier, there was a lady at the helm who was corrupt to the core. Dr. Karunaratne voluntarily stepped down from his position for various reasons and he was reinstated.

      May be he stopped the corruption at Maharagam and someone found a reason to get him out of the way.

      Rajitha – this is not Yahapalayak ! Do you want us to send AKD and his team to look into the matters at Maharagama ? I am sure, they will do a better job without any fear and expose it publicly.

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    Every Single staff at The Maharagame Hospital are crooks ,I dare the readers to go and Visit the place and see for yourself how the poor dying people are treated for real.

    There is a Senior Doctor who illegally brings in cheap injections from India patient’s home and insists to only buy from him., he has an agent who delivers it to t and gives false hope for poor dying patients to take it that they will be able to fight the illness ,only to find out they die a few days later(all the time) This Injection cost in thousands .

    Most of our doctors a cheap crooks all out to make money ,even from the dying, they will pay someday.
    ===========================================
    my dearest sister was also a victim of this Scam , she is no more with us. I will never forgive this man ever.

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    Dr Kanishka Karunaratne is no saint as portrayed by himself. He paints himself as a very nice person. No doubt his medicine WAS good… Not any more. He ruined the hospital. He was never there to solve any problem in the hospital. He went behind MARA and was a A grade politician.
    It was MARA’S wife who did the deal with Jayantha Balawardana and Mahendra Perera. This engineer may be a side supporter.

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    Really People!
    We are talking about purchasing equipment for improving the treatment of cancer patients, we should all be thankful that these doctors and whoever else was responsible took the initiative to purchase these state of the art equipment, to give a fighting chance to these patients, please try to have some decorum, even if you do not have a conscience!

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    This is not the first incident of violating tender procedure in the history of the cancer hospital, Maharagama. I have been a member of hospital committee for long time and I can vouch that cancer hospital is a real cancer for the innocent people in Sri lanka.
    This type of big money deal in the Health Ministry has happened in 2009, purchasing of one radiotherapy machine cost of 750 million under the minister Nimal Siripala De Silva with another corrupted company Medi equipment Pvt.LTD and the team including formar director dr. Ariyarathna , Dr.Sarath, and bio-medical head Jayathilaka those have been called several times to the bibery commission and still under investigation.
    The Ariston Pvt. who is maintaining outdated cabalt treatment machine does not agree to dismantle damaged machine and together with the radiographers at the Cancer Hospital have been using the radio cabalt machines during the night to burn ‘geudas’ to convert them into blue sapphires which is a money spinning business.
    This has been happening over the past few decades and all attempts to stop this have been unsuccessful.
    Dr. Kanishka was a real saint allowing other to do whatever nonsense in the hospital premises and deputy director dr. Wasantha is another notorious case addressing his female minor employees as “VESI” ( whore) and requesting major female staff to wear the saree under navel.
    It is a funny thing pointing finger toward 02 doctors, 90% doctors are in deal with whatever medical or drug company for their benefit and doing private practices during working hours. It is not a secret that lot of Maharagam oncologist can be consulted any time at the Colombo Ceylinco cancer cetre.

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    Instead of blaming the Rajapaksas, remember that Maythree was WITH the Rajapaksas

    excuse me , for fxxxk sake, none was wit Te pakhse ,,,,,xxxx everyone was under them , so please rephrase ..

    We are talking about purchasing equipment for improving the treatment of cancer patients, we should all be thankful that these doctors and whoever else was responsible ..

    there you dropped a fxxing bombshell- oh,oh what great good Samaritans, even at the price of the terminally ill,, rob and rob …

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    Ferdinandoz – a million thumps up for you and bless yr heart, ya , but at-least this is a good start with the two…

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    I am surprised to hear that equipment amounting to several billion rupees was bought without a tender process. The usual practice is that a sham tender process is initiated where it is evaluated in the favor of party that is desired. If CT reports are correct then some one must take to task all personalities concerned.

    Highlighting the importance of information available in the public domain, let me comment on the letter addressed to the Secretary of the Ministry of Health.

    (1) The letter is undated. (2) It refers to a preliminary proposal submitted on Dec 2011.

    (3) On what basis was the proposal submitted on 2011 made by Phillips Electronics (Israel) Ltd. Was it on the invitation of the Health Ministry or Phillips made it on their own.

    (4) If Phillips made it on their own why was an unsolicited proposal entertained?

    (5) If the Health Ministry invited for proposals why did not opt to invite proposals from all qualified parties, as per tender procedure?

    (6) Can an offer having a total price quoted without a breakdown be treated as a firm offer?

    (7) On what basis did the treasury allocate funds for respective years? How did the Treasury which has a project monitoring and evaluation division pass these estimates as acceptable?

    (8) Who were the Ministers, Secretaries, Chief Accountants, Head of Procurements in the health ministry from Dec 2011 until the expose’?

    (9) Ms. Sudharma, a typical administrator, writes to the Public Service Commission on the travels of an Engineer. What about others? The unauthorized trips to nearby locations to Sri Lanka appears to be either for pleasure or to receive the remains of a loot. This is the guy who would say that everything is technically OK. What about the guys who say that everything is financially OK? What about the guys who say that everything is administratively OK? They too would naturally have their pleasures.

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    Dr Kanishka was not a good doctor, [Edited out]

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    First of all cancer hospital is a full of corruptions. Kanishka karunarathne was a masked man without vertebral column. He was a dummy,JB (Jayantha Balawardhana)moved the strings. Deputy Wasantha is a drama king only move his ass from his seat to act in front of TV cameras otherwise his duty is cracking foolish jokes and doing nothing. Leaving hospital early everyday for his PP. And this clown is famous for taking hospital properties home for his personal use.its worthless talking about this jokers.
    JB is an intelligent man but unfortunately plays corrupted business man’s roll.his supporter is Mahendra perera. This hospital largely involve with drug corruptions and medical refs are all over the hospital like bunch of crows. Bringing low quality drugs and working as a servant boys for doctors and Invest money for their expenses. Another unfortunate situation is this hospital workers is from bottom to top trying to get sexual advances from patients daughters.
    Siyol is a company who developed their business bribing people and Importing poor quality equipments. If government inquire about Radiotherapy department heads bank accounts and foreign tours definitely get all the proofs. Specially there’s a man who is officially working as a radiotherapy technologist but his real job is working as a pimp for Head Oncologist and Siyol people. Without any qualification or base he is working as a Siyol representative.Handling and ordering unnecessary expensive stuffs. Some very expensive items are never touched for years.He is getting money and foreign trips to Pattaya, Thailand. Head and deputy radiotherapy technologist are also worship him to get advances from Siyol.
    Siyol is not only involved in to the Maharagama Cancer Hospital. Few years a go even without building a unit bought Brachytherapy treatment machine for kandy hospital and installed it inside cobalt treatment unit. Two radioactive machines in one unit and treated poor patients. For this process they have bribed many people.
    Mr.President the people who go to this place are very distressed and poor please change the system of this hospital. Even there are drug addicted minor staff and they give hard time to patients…Please Take Immediate Action for Sake of Hopeless Patients.

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