4 December, 2020

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Sajith, Rajitha Courted By Drug Mafia

“The Health Ministry is the most corrupt state organization… Health Ministry officials are the most corrupt in the state sector.” A bold allegation, it may seem, but one that was levelled nonetheless by President Maithripala Sirisena when he addressed a meeting of the All Ceylon Nurses Association at the Maharagama Youth Centre on 10 February. “I was the Health Minister in the former government and I know how corrupt the ministry is”, he said. “The present Health Minister, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, [has] all the freedom he needs to do his job properly and I believe he has embraced the challenge of cleansing the Ministry of all corruption.”

 Despite having received massive support from President Rajapaksa and former First Lady Shiranthi, oncologists Mahendra Perera and Jayantha Balawardane were out 'celebrating' the victory of the UNP's deputy leader Sajith Premadasa in the election of 8 January.

Despite having received massive support from President Rajapaksa and former First Lady Shiranthi, oncologists Mahendra Perera and Jayantha Balawardane were out ‘celebrating’ the victory of the UNP’s deputy leader Sajith Premadasa in the election of 8 January. | File photo

To do that, however, Minister Senaratne will need a very big broom indeed. Just ten days previously, a senior regulatory official in his ministry had hosted a gala reception at Water’s Edge, one of Colombo’s most prestigious venues. To it were invited the private sector’s biggest purveyors of drugs and medical supplies. Incredibly (if not naively), the entire cost of the lavish extravaganza was met by the official, from his personal funds. No one seems to have stopped to ask why a government official should spend his personal money to host a party for Colombo’s drug moguls, or how it was that he had made so much money as to be able to squander it so freely. Invitees were told that the purpose of the function was to introduce them to the new minister, who would also be in attendance. Corruption in Sri Lanka’s health sector is not conducted furtively: it is done out in the open, for all to see, with complete impunity.

What was probably unknown to Dr Senaratne as he sipped and supped with the leading lights of the pharmaceuticals industry at Water’s Edge was that the very same official had, just a few weeks previously, hosted another reception for some 200 government health professionals at the Colombo Hilton’s Il Ponte poolside restaurant to urge them to support then president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s candidature at the election of 8 January. Again, it was the official, doubtless from the vast profits accumulated from hefty bribes, who footed the bill.

The Bibile Bill

Only last week, no doubt from the best of motives, parliament rushed through a bill to establish a National Medicine Regulatory Authority Bill before it could be subjected to any public scrutiny. Incredibly for a bill sponsored by none less than the president, less than one-third of MPs, 68 in all, voted on it: 157 legislators absented themselves from the vote. Many claim, however, that the mechanisms to make the new Authority’s workings transparent need further scrutiny.

The present pharmaceuticals regulatory body, the Cosmetics, Devices and Drugs Authority, which is under the Health Ministry, is one of the most notoriously corrupt institutions in the entire government. Indeed, the president’s remarks quoted above were probably aimed at it. Inexplicable delays by the Authority to grant licenses result in importers suffering enormous losses, and they readily pay millions in bribes to avoid such delays. “They held up my import permit for my 140-million shipment for more than three months,” one importer faced with this dilemma told Colombo Telegraph. “This was even though my product was fully registered and the customer was the Ministry of Health itself. Without their signature, the customs do not release the goods. Eventually I had no choice but to meet him and ask how to solve the problem. ‘You should know how’, he told me. After several demands I offered him Rs 2 million to sign the permit, but he chased me away saying that was not even worth considering. He told me, ‘Remember, I can bankrupt you!’” The question now is whether the new National Medicine Regulatory Authority set up under the Bibile Bill will be just another such corrupt, bribe-taking bureaucracy, or whether the Bill contains safeguards to ensure transparency.

The Elekta Scam

The problem with the Health Ministry is that some of the doctors in powerful positions have become brazenly corrupt. Often, the way this works is that they are called upon to treat important politicians or their families. This gives them intimate access, which they then exploit for their own gain.

On 22 February the Colombo Telegraph ran a comprehensively-documented exposé of one such case, where the Ministry, in an infamously shady deal, committed a staggering sum of Rs 7 billion (7,000 million) for the purchase of linear accelerators from a UK-based company named Elekta. No tenders were called, nor were competing bids invited. The deal was simply handed to Elekta on a plate, in a secret deal that reeks of corruption. Our exposé showed that the Health Ministry’s engineer on the procurement committee, S.A.J. Karunatilaka, had already been found guilty by the ministry’s own disciplinary process, of making no less than 15 illegal overseas trips. There has been no inquiry up to now as to whether any of these trips was funded by Elekta or its local agent, Siyol International, headed by businessman Sanath Perera. Indeed, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne has up to now failed to launch an investigation into Karunatilaka’s illicit foreign trips, or to report this affair to the Bribery Commission or the police. Nevertheless, following our story, the National Cancer Institute’s deputy director, Dr Wasantha Dissanayake, announced that Dr Senaratne has ordered an inquiry into the Elekta scam. No announcement has been made, however, as to whether the deal has been suspended, or who is conducting the inquiry.

‘Totally free’ = Rs 7 billion

Here again, the problem is that the doctors who influence procurement are hand in glove with the vendors. Prior to publishing our story we contacted Dr Jayantha Balawardane, a senior oncologist at the National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, who was implicated by multiple sources as being a prime mover of the Elekta project. Dr Balawardane, however, distanced himself from the scam, telling us on 17 February that he “only helped the college of oncologists in this project. [The] Sri Lanka College of Oncologists is the founder of this project.” Asked specifically about any association with Elkta or Siyol, again Dr Balawardane shrugged us off, saying “We have not requested or specified any particular brands at any stage in our proposal”. Asked further about S.A.J. Karunatilaka’s illicit travels he told us “Any such matters are not applicable to me.”

It would seem from Dr Balawardane’s responses above that both he and Dr Mahendra Perera had acted purely in the context of their being members of the College of Oncologists, had no personal interest in this 7-billion rupee investment, were unfamiliar with S.A.J. Karunatilaka and had no involvement with Siyol International.

Asked by Colombo Telegraph of any personal interest he or Dr Mahendra Perera may have in this giant project, Dr Balawardane replied defensively, “Whoever your informant is, I fear is doing this with some malice to tarnish Dr Mahaendra Perera’s and my good names, or there are other parties with vested interests trying to sabotage this cancer project, which will provide totally free state of the art treatment for poor cancer patients in Sri Lanka , who otherwise would have to pay exorbitantly for this same treatment in the private sector.”

Despite Dr Balawardane’s ringing endorsement of Elekta’s technology as “state of the art”, insiders at the Maharagama Cancer Institute claim not only that the machines being imported are sub-standard but that they are over-priced by as much as 50%. “The only way to ensure the correct price and the best technology”, one of them told Colombo Telegraph, “is to call for open competitive tenders. Why did they not do so? And why is Dr Balawardane endorsing this corrupt process and inferior technology? And on what basis is he claiming that they are ‘state of the art’ if, as he says, he is not part of the procurement process? How can he know?”

Worse, in Dr Balawardane’s economic worldview, it seems that Rs 7 billion in public funds equates to “totally free”.

No Answers

So we asked him that very question. “You state [the project] will ‘provide totally free, state of the art treatment for poor cancer patients in Sri Lanka’”, we said. “However, the Treasury states that Rs 7 billion has been allocated for the project. Could you please clarify then (a) in what way the treatment will be ‘totally free’; and (b) why no tenders were called for this massive procurement?”

Unable to answer these direct questions, however, Dr Balawardane stonewalled, saying only, “I believe I have nothing further to say on the said matter”.

The fact remains, however, that many doctors wielding influence in drug and equipment purchasing for the Health Ministry are uncomfortably cosy with certain vendors. Apart from other gratifications, it has become routine for such doctors to have their foreign travel sponsored by pharmaceuticals companies under the guise of “attending academic conferences”. Although such “sponsorship” is a bribe in terms of both the Penal Code and the Bribery Act, it is worryingly commonplace, with “academic conferences” taking influential doctors to unlikely destinations such as Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park or numerous world capitals in which, by lucky happenstance, they happen to have close family.

According to Dr Balawardane, for example, who admitted to Colombo Telegraph that he too has benefitted from such sponsorship, “Such academic conferences are mostly group sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies all over the world as routine”. The problem, however, is that they are nevertheless illegal and a direct conflict of interest when sponsored by companies whose sales the doctors can directly influence (Karunatilaka, for instance, faces dismissal and prosecution for doing much the same thing). A course of some of these drugs, such as Mabthera (Rituximab) manufactured by the multinational Hoffmann-La Roche, for example, cost patients up to Rs 1 million. And Mabthera’s local agent, A. Bauer & Co., is a regular sponsor of doctors to “academic conferences” in the world’s tourism hotspots.

Bolgoda Bash

On Saturday 21 February 2015, just one day prior to our exposé of the Elekta scam, Rajiv Nanayakkara, managing director of Markss HLC Ltd, one of the largest purveyors of cancer medicines in the country, hosted a gala festivity at his luxury residence on Bolgoda Lake. Present at this occasion were not only Drs Jayantha Balawardane and Mahendra Perera, but also the UNP’s deputy leader and Minster of Housing and Samurdi, Sajith Premadasa. The festivity, Dr Balawardane told Colombo Telegraph, was “hosted for the Hon Minister, Mr. Sajith Premadasa, to celebrate his victory”. Dr Balawardane, however, saw nothing strange in being entertained in the house of a businessman who benefits from millions of rupees worth of sales as a result of his (Balawardane’s) personal goodwill, the very definition of a conflict of interest.

What is more, he saw nothing strange in “celebrating the victory” of Sajith Premadasa given that until 8 January 2015 Balawardane made it abundantly public that he was among Mahinda and Shiranthi Rajapaksa’s closest buddies, boasting to anyone who would listen how he regularly dined at President’s House, had treated the First Lady’s ailing mother and attended on the president himself, when he had a cancer scare. Now, barely a month later, he was “celebrating” Sajith Premadasa’s “victory”. As it happens, Sajith Premadasa has not experienced a victory: he was not, after all, even a candidate in the election of 8 January. Instead, what Nanayakkara, Mahendra Perera and Jayantha Balawardane were celebrating was the ascent of Premadasa to the cabinet. They now have a friend in high office to provide patronage and cover to their future prosperity.

When President Sirisena says that he believes Rajitha Senaratne “has embraced the challenge of cleansing the Ministry of all corruption”, then, clearly the latter has his work cut out. As with all the other anti-corruption pledges of the new government, however, the public is yet to see anything more than words in the Yahapalanaya Government’s crusade against corruption. Unless substantial action comes before the general election, it will be the electorate who will be asking the government some very uncomfortable questions indeed.

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  • 22
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    It looks Maithriapala Sirisena, Now Rajitha Senarathne all talks but no work and corrupt officials run the health sector of Sri lanka.

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      watch our next leader(Sajith) in waiting having fun with Mahindagamage !

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbK7IH_AfmI

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        “next leader(Sajith) in waiting having fun with Mahindagamage ! “

        Watch the video.No class, cheap behavior. So, THIS is the end-result of all the public money wasted by the father on educating his prodigal son at the London School of Economics.

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      The answer is simple – these two Docs. another Mahendra and a Balu-wada-ne, being
      public servants, should be hauled by this watch-dog JVP for the production of the Hotel
      Invoices, as paid by the Organisers twice, before the Bribery Commission re Assets and earnings! Why does CT not take to investigative journalism – to track the Health Dept.
      commencing with the activities of these two – for the sake of SLs Cancer Patients??

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    Yes, go ahead and witch-hunt these noble human beings who have taken up on them one of the hardest jobs; giving the the cancer patients a fighting chance of survival or least a dignified death. Yes, take disciplinary action on them, accuse them of cohorting with whoever and whatever and for not trying to untangle the web of of red-tape, but for trying to get state of the art equipment for the poor. Yes, the treatment is not free, they are paid for by the tax payers, and are called government services same as schools like Royal College, the difference is these purchases are to treat a terminal illness and these doctors deal with terminally ill patients day and night. Whoever following through with these which-hunts may God have mercy on you!

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      I must say that most of our doctors are excellent, dedicated and hardworking. They are professional to the letter.

      However, among them there are born crooks as well !

      If pharma companies stop sponsoring doctors for promoting their drugs, the cost of drugs can come down drastically. Sponsorship cost is factored in when pricing drugs. I am sure our doctors are intelligent enough to understand it. Every time, they travel overseas, relax in luxurious local hotels or wine & dine courtesy Pharmacy industry, they should take a moment to think of the poor people in SL who has contributed towards it.

      Instead of sponsoring a few select doctors, Pharma industry should organise conferences in SL for the benefit of more doctors. I am not talking about just a tamasha or college academic sessions but current developments.

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      Inconvenient truth – So if these guys (“noble human beings”?) are so altruistic, why are they spending money on these extravagant bashes courting politicians across the spectrum? If they are so “noble” the money will be better spent on those cancer patients, don’t you think?

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      “Whoever following through with these which-hunts”

      Now look you donk,can you explain to us how this could be a witch hunt when the following para from the article clearly states that there was no tender process(for which war hero fonseka was put in jail BTW)and equipment substandard and overpriced.

      [Despite Dr Balawardane’s ringing endorsement of Elekta’s technology as “state of the art”, insiders at the Maharagama Cancer Institute claim not only that the machines being imported are sub-standard but that they are over-priced by as much as 50%. “The only way to ensure the correct price and the best technology”, one of them told Colombo Telegraph, “is to call for open competitive tenders. Why did they not do so? And why is Dr Balawardane endorsing this corrupt process and inferior technology? And on what basis is he claiming that they are ‘state of the art’ if, as he says, he is not part of the procurement process? How can he know?]

      This certainly warrants an investigation and if proved guilty Dr.balawardena should be sent to welikada.He and mohan peiris and Arjuna mahendran can share the same cell.We will never have corruption from professionals for a long time if we do that.professionals begin to think they are indispensable because of the brain drain,but once we open up the country to foreign nationals to come and work for us even if we have to pay more then they will realise that they may be indispensable in srilanka,but not in india,bangladesh,malaysia etc.

      It is time to start jailing them and import from elsewhere.

      “The festivity, Dr Balawardane told Colombo Telegraph, was “hosted for the Hon Minister, Mr. Sajith Premadasa, to celebrate his victory”. Dr Balawardane, however, saw nothing strange in being entertained in the house of a businessman who benefits from millions of rupees worth of sales as a result of his (Balawardane’s) personal goodwill, the very definition of a conflict of interest.”

      The dostara mahattaya should be entertained in welikada,just like kotalawela who has now realised that he should entertain the poor people every saturday after he was given half a banana by an inmate.

      If the good doctor should not have been at the party,it is more worrying to see sajith premedasa attending it.Is what the JVP keep on telling that SLFP and UNP are the old wine in new bottles true after all?Should we try out new wine for a change and see how a JVP+DUNF+JHU
      government will perform?Will they also become old wine in new bottles?

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      Noble human beings ….my foot! Dr. B charges patients consultation fees even when they come to show their reports. Very noble indeed.

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        The problem Mr InconvenientTruth this has become the way of life in this country.The patient / electricity consumer among others are being robbed by a group of doctiors/engineers / architects / etc etc. They are organisations to discipline them but that never happens.Can you tell me of any doctor, accountant or an engineer who had been penalized for corrupt activities?

        On the other hand when these people try this nonesense outside SL they are penalized.A SL born surgeon was banned from practising in the US, a SL born Accountant was dealt similarly in Australia.

        The Chair of John keels was fined by the Supreme Court for offering a bribe. That was in 2006.He should have been forced to resign but he continues as a “respected” businessman.

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        I decided long ago that Baklawardena is related to the canine species after seeing his notice to pay to see him with the reports. You can find the notice at Asiri Surgical

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          Ebola
          Thank you for bringing this up.Professionals are not regulated on the flip side they don’t get their dues. I think we need to infuse young blood into cancer hospital Maharagama. Many of my colleagues are languishing in district hospitals.

          I heard Dr MP had problems with young oncology colleagues.

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      We would like to hunt the ones that gave multimillions to hangers on like MR’s laundryman to mend his broken leg, but deprived money to Cancer Hospital to cure cancer patients

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      The problem Mr InconvenientTruth this has become the way of life in this country.The patient / electricity consumer among others are being robbed by a group of doctiors/engineers / architects / etc etc. They are organisations to discipline them but that never happens.Can you tell me of any doctor, accountant or an engineer who had been penalized for corrupt activities?

      On the other hand when these people try this nonesense outside SL they are penalized.A SL born surgeon was banned from practising in the US, a SL born Accountant was dealt similarly in Australia.

      The Chair of John keels was fined by the Supreme Court for offering a bribe. That was in 2006.He should have been forced to resign but he continues as a “respected” businessman.

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    The unfortunate truth is that the present administration has been totally over-whelmed by the extent and scale of the previous corruption and the on-going attempts aimed at preventing the truth from being exposed.

    Remember, UNPers, SLFPers and the rest have all shared in the crimes. There are no innocent virgins to be found in this mess.

    So, now we are in information flow management mode. Hoping to minimize the exposure to people who are needed to win the next polls.

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    The New King has been the boss of the Health Ministry. He does know that is corrupted. He did not take action. Now New King has palm it off to New Rambukawele.

    The new King had challenged if the old King released any of his secrets he he will release old Kings secrets. In fact it ended up on game playing, in that game they implied each other that they will not uncover others corruption. Now, the word that new “Rambukawela will clean” the Heal Ministry means what? New Rabukawela is being used to cover up the Rice Mill Deals in the Health Ministry?

    Will the New King publicly list the matters that made him to condemn the Health Ministry as the most corrupted Ministry in Lanka? Could he list the time period for this corruption? Will he list any action he had taken on these? Will he will the days he informed this fact to the previous President and the cabinet? When did he last time he got in touch with bribery Commissioner these matters? Has he record of any action of the commission?

    What was the finding of Tissa Atthanayake about this ministry. He has complained that somebody had left a secret deal with Ranil and New King in the folders. What else found in the health ministry folders? Did Atthanaye took with him any of these files? Will Atthanake give out his evidences about the Health Minsitry he saw?

  • 5
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    If MS prosecuted Balawardene or one of these business doctors,made to pay back stolen money this will start to end even if a politician is involved.
    LKY did that and maybe MS will??

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    Nowadays doctors are the “members of the business community”. Still there are enough doctors who prescribes high valued medicines with brand name and put their seal with a note pl do noT substitute. Further students at medical colleges are very fortunate. Because from the year one all their functions are sponsored by medical companies.Not only the doctors but even the pharmacy owners are provided with memoirs by these companies.Emergency purchases, off the shelf purchases are common occupancy in the health ministry. As the general public is fear of their life people tend to believe these businesame doctors as god. Since I had a pharmacy in the past and I came to know all these underhand work I though am a diabetic patient do not regularly consult doctors, instead I follow my own medicine with the help of regular check ups. Now for the last 12 years as a diabetic patient I was able to maintain my diabetic at level without medical advice.

    Medical specialists gives contradictory messages that will frighten a patient vulnerable. Doctors do not sign their attendance but dictate terms to the govt and to the patient.What is the reason for them oppose the patient charter coming into effect. If there is patient charter we will come to know how many doctors are on duty at ward,or at OP.

    The cost of inpatients at hospitals go up due to consultants not coming to wards regularly.The ward doctor recommends the patient can be discharged but until the consultanT okays patient cannto be discharged. This process sometimes take three days.This is a common occupancy taking place in hoptical. Other thing is the number of graduate doctors attached to a consultants is not expressly stated.This makes the health sector a burden on the tax payer. In a nut she’ll now the health sector is maintained not for the patients but for the survival and the growth of it staff in the country. As they have the bargaining power they take an upper hand.

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      Not only dctors who are members of the Business Community, what about the Priests? Tocpreach bana they charge you Rs 50,000 it is a home and if it a public place it is in the region of Rs 150,000 – THE DIRECT FLIGHT TO NIRVANA

  • 6
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    Mafia, Gangsters, Rackets, Bribery, low quality drugs are not new
    to Rajitha Senaratne, Sajith or even Maitripala Sirisena. They have all been down the road before. Let us admit it. That is the quality and nature of our governance and politics in the past few decades.
    “Okkama huru” is the shared view of the public on our so called leaders – save a very few. We need to build a new country and a new nation/s. Sri Lanka has to be saved from its own Sri Lankan leaders.

    Backlash

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    Is Maitreepala actually saying ‘I was Minister for Health for five year – it is the most corrupt institution – to prove my point I brought 0 companies to task and had 0 officials in my ministry arrested for for corruption’. I find it incredulous that he can just stand there and say that – any principled man would have tried once, twice and three times and when held back then put his job on line.

    Self preservation has obviously come before principals for him – and for a man who demands a purer than pure administration, this is a mockery of such a commitment

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      No no he has done nothing for the past five years except to go to USA to receive his award,which he is now enjoying by the way,but all that is Mahinda Rajapakses fault. He did not let me work!

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      Exactly ! He seems to blaming everybody else except himself. He couldn’t do anything for five years? Why did he wait for five years without a complaint? The audacity of this man beggars belief – is he really authentic material?

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    Both Dr JB and Dr MP are senior oncologists. My colleagues (oncology colleagues) who currently working in district hospitals should be able clarify on what happened to the integrity of this induviduals concerned.

    I remember a colleague of mine blaming the pharmacies as the prime reason for corruption. i think the buck stops with senior managers in health ministry and cancer hospitals including senior doctors.

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    Our rogue PM Ranil promised to shut the departure gates at the BIA on the 9th and round up all the crooks on the 10th.

    That was in January 6th… I think.

    Our President Mr Gamaralage Sirisena says all crooks will be caged soon.

    And he now expects his mate, Minister Rajitha Senarathna to clean up the biggest den, which the President himself was looking after during all his Cabinet life.

    But Ministers Rajitha and even Minister Keselwatta Kid are sipping cocktails and eating Lobster Sandwiches at Waters Edge and Bolgoda Lake Palace, at parties held by senior Health Ministry Officials who are loaded.

    Bizaare ….Isn’t it …

    BTW , Wonder whether AM is back on deck ?…

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      Sumane,

      Nothing bizarre compared to what happened during our street thug MR’s period. Don’t you worry all will be fine.

      Any news on his ‘three idiots’ ? They have been quiet.

      Is it true that his baby brother is in hiding in Vietnam ? So he cannot come to SL and had to vanish from the US. The other brother cannot leave the country and as for your pay master, where can he go ????

      BTW, [Edited out]

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    The Medical Profession is NOBLE no doubt.

    But the human beings in it are prone to NOBBLE!

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    This stinks!
    Colombo telegraphis bidding for some interested party,it looks like.
    My late father was treated by Dr Balawardhana in late 90’s, I personaly know him as a honest doctor.He has done so much to the cancer patients of our country.
    As senior oncologist he may know people of all political hues, junket trips to doctors by pharma Co is world known, but those are not enough just to point a finger at a dedicated doctor like Jayantah Balawardhana.

    He may not be defensive in replaying to you but he must smell a rat or cant’t bother to answer your stupid questions because this man sees suffering & death very day and many depend on his skills to stay on this side of the world for another day.

    If there is anything to single out him, do it, but make sure that this man has extended lives of so many patients and done so much good in public hospitals, do not throw mud at him without any proof.

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    I have been following this stinking allegations against TWO Oncologists so long and realized that how uneducated irresponsible people could destroy the images of erudite figures to mitigate their inferiority complex based on personal agenda. As a senior member of External Resources Department (ERD) I have totally followed this project brought by the Srilanka College of Oncologists (SLCO) with due approval in their Annual General Meeting held in 2011. SLCO is not only DR.JB and Dr.MP but also the whole community of Oncologists in Srilanka.

    This project was handed over to the Secretary Health then, as a timely need to replace 30-40 year old Cobalt machines with higher quality Radiotherapy equipment to all existing Cancer centers in the country.

    Any Procurement procedure could be “Tendered” on ‘ Non Tendered”. This is very well mentioned in the “Guidelines “ in the Ministry of Finance. When a project is ‘Non Tendered” it is called “unsolicited or Stand alone. Such Unsolicited procurements have to go through required stages and steps to be approved. This projects has gone through all required procedures in the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Department of Public Finance, Presidential Secretariat, SCARC, SCAPC, External Resource Department and finally forwarded to the Cabinet by the Minster of Health then Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena on 16.12.2012. The project duly and legitimately obtained the Cabinet approval in January 2013.

    If any one says it is not tendered, that person should learn the basic draft of “Guides to conduct procurement procedures by the line ministries and Government Agencies “ and its amendments first. I do not see any irregularity or fraud in this project since it has followed all rules and regulations needed through out.

    The first such high energy machine was available at Ceylinco Centre, where a patient would need to pay SLR 350,000.00 to 450,000 to get a single course of basic Radiotherapy. The second such machine (Varian) was installed at Government Cancer institute Maharagama by a company called ‘Medi Equipment in Srilanka” at a cost of 850 million SLR. In 2006. This project was questioned in Parliament and sent to Fraud Bureau by the Ministry of Health.(File No. BB508/14/B-22) with constructions the whole project cost was 950 million SLR. There was no Warranty for the machine, instead the Srilanka government had to pay 40 million SLR every year as per maintenance agreement. This was an obviously crooked falsification. All the officials in the Bio Medical Department, Phycists, Senior Oncologists then were called to fraud bureau to give evidence but nothing came out. A crook called Jayathilaka in the Bio Medical Department planned the whole racket, but he is still in service trying to eject Karunatilake making all allegations to any of his involvements.

    One and only machines installed at Government Cancer Institute – Maharagama did not serve to its standards due to the local agents ‘Medi Equipment” it started breaking down from January 2009 itself. Machine was out of function for more than 10 days per month sometimes victimizing the most time consumed precise treatment meant to be delivered to poor patients. ‘ Medi- Equipment” was warned and advised but nothing happened. Even today this machine is out of function more than the number of functioning days and become almost unusable to the standard of a proper Linear Accelerator but just another Cobalt piece.

    So called ‘ Shady project of so many billions” by your Colombo Telegraph is a very genuine project that DR, JB and DR.MP pioneered and handed over to the Ministry health for Financial procurements.
    INSTEAD OF 850 MILLION THEY SPENT ON VARIAN MACHINE BY ‘MEDI-EQUIPMENTS’ WITH 40 MILLION ANNUAL MAINTANANCE FEE WITHOUT EVEN A WARRANTY. TO DAY TEN YEARS AFTER, ALL CANCER CENTRES WILL BE PROVIDED WITH MUCH HIGHER TECH AND LATEST LINEAR ACCELARATORS ‘ELEKTA’ TO A COST OF 350 MILLION SLR. WITH OF COURSE A FIVE-YEAR FULL WARRENTY INCLUDING TRAINING.

    MY DEAR CLOMBO TELEGRAPH; WHERE IS THE FRAUD? WHY ARE YOU CARRYING OUT AGENDA’S OF CROOKS FOR WHO TRIED AND FAILED TO COMPETE AND LOST THEIR MASSIVE COMMISSION IN THIS PROJECT. DESPITE ALL APPROVALS AND AGGREEMENTS SIGNED WITH ELEKTA AND PHILLIPS, THESES CROOKS HAVE MET THE PRESENT MINSTER OF HEALTH ASKING FOR A SHARE FROM THE PROJECT UNDER A CERTAIN PROGRAMME THAT THEY PRACTISED SO FOR WHICH HE REJECTED.

    DO NOT REPORT EVERYTHING THAT YOU HEAR FROM CROOKS WHO ARE EXPERTS ON FORGERY. PROFESSIONAL ARE TOO INNOCENT TO RESPOND YOUR MALLICIOUS UTTERINGS. YOU HAVE ALREADY TARNISHED IMAGES OF MANY PROFESSIONALS IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY FROM YOUR HIDE OUT, WHICH IS YOUR JOB. THIS WOULD NEVER EVER BENEFIT YOU R TABLOID E PAPER OR THE CANCER PATIENTS IN THE COUNTRY. BUT REMENBER YOUR CHILDREN WILL PAY FOR THESE WITH INTEREST ONE DAY!!

    1.Go. Catch the Varian local agent ‘ Medi equipment”
    2.Go to the Biomedical engineering in Health Ministry, meet the head crook Jayatilake. Arrest him.
    3.Get the details from Department of Procurements in the Ministry of Health.
    4.Charge against Nimal Siripala silva, the Minister then, for installing a machine for 850 million SLR.
    5. Send Sarah De alwis and Suresh Perera to go to them and write more and more allegations.
    By. MINUKI,
    DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL RESOURCES,

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      Minuki,

      Why so personal ? If they have done nothing wrong, what’s the problem ? Why not sue the editor for defamation of character ?

      One of the two, treated one of my loved ones for six weeks until she passed away. I have no hesitation going back to him if need arises. However, I cannot say the same about the other. Have heard enough horror stories about him eg. giving hope and administering expensive drugs on obviously dying patients etc.

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      Minuki,

      Why not file a case against Jayathilleke and Nimal Siripala de Silva ? Take the initiative since you have all the information and clear the names of the two doctors.

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    is this guy the father of [Edited out] who is alleged to have abducted an under age girl who is held captive in his house.
    if it is true even he should be charged.
    these idiots are just like the last lot. law breakers with impunity.

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      He is from the last lot and one who was in the lead to ruin his boss.

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    Hi everyone.;
    There are no so called JOURNALISTS today. There are only REPORTERS. Reporting anything that could humiliate and insult professionals is the basic way of mitigating their uneducated mentality. These REPORTERS know that they were utter failures and always be rejected among higher crudités and professional. They do not like to see others in higher caliber enjoying their life because they could never reach them. The BEST REVENGE FOR THESE IMBESSILE MORONS IS TO TARNISH IMAGES OF EDUCATED AND HIGHER CAIBERED INDIVIDUALS. THE BREED CAN NOT BE CHANGED!!! This is a sickness which is carried in their GENES as a Mutation which has no treatment or cure. Worse than a CANCER ! I feel so sorry on these boorish mental retards who will never be able to find a decent job not only for them, but even for their children for generations. ‘Colombo Telegraph Hide Out’ is a lunatic asylum because it is obvious to anyone how this Gossip News starts with one thing and ends at a totally different place. That itself shows how confused and confounded are these madcap REPORTERS.

    1.Go CT., The biggest fraud on ‘ Varian Linear Accelerators’ had happened in 2006. There is a File No. BB508/14/B-22 at the Fraud Bureau. Get it and ask them what happened to the inquiry ? Where did the Culprits ? Where is the 350 million excess go ?

    I am sure you won’t do it .Because your ultimate Target it for tarnishing somebody’s image somehow. You don’t need that kind of Genuine frauds tolook in to. That will not benefit your CT Hide out.

    [Edited out]
    All the best !! Keep polishing other’s Apples:
    But not for long !!!

    Minuki !!

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    It clearly indicates that Rajitha’s son also has got a Pe**. Just like Mahinda’s three sons.
    Rajitha is in positive side of Mahinda- next PM propaganda.

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