Doctors want CEO appointment revoked

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THE National Doctors Association wants the National Executive Council (NEC) to rescind its decision in appointing Sam Vegogo  as chief  executive officer of the Port Moresby General Hospital.
They argued that there were serious flaws in the appointment process.
Mr Vegogo was appointed to replace Dr Alphonse Tay as CEO of the premier referral hospital in the country.
At a media conference yesterday, association president Dr Kauve Pomat, and association executives warned that if nothing was done to revoke the appointment in the next two weeks the association would take legal action.
Dr Pomat said they had information that suggested that;
* There are no records of POMGH board convening to deliberate and approve a shortlist of candidates from the Public Service Commission for NEC deliberation,
* The State Solicitor was not involved in the legal clearance as required in appointments for senior executive positions; and 
* The NEC never met to deliberate on the current appointment.
“Apart from this, Mr Vegogo is a non-clinician and he is currently CEO of popondetta Hospital which is a level 3 hospital. He previously served as director of finance and administration at the Boram Hospital in Wewak East Sepik.
“And to have someone looking after a level 3 hospital become CEO at a level 1 and the country’s premier medical facility is arguable.
“ POMGH is the teaching hospital for the school of Medicine and Health Science and tertiary referral hospital for the people of PNG,” Dr Pomat said.