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Overseas Solomons Doctors Allegedly Still On State Payroll
FSII says ‘ghost employee’ practices must be stopped

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 13, 2013) – Local pressure group Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) is calling on responsible authorities to investigate claims that certain local doctors working overseas are still on government’s pay roll.

"Our source revealed that some of these doctors have been on government payroll for about seven years and this must be stopped immediately," FSII chief executive officer Ben Afuga said.

"I think some people are not doing their work and that I suspect there must be some kind of arrangements and agreements between those concerned to siphoned money from Government coffers.

"The proper thing to do now is for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services through its Human Resource Department to thoroughly investigate and inform this nation if these claims are true," Mr. Afuga said.

Furthermore, he said the Ministry of Treasury and Finance must check its payroll and ensure doctors that have left this country must be omitted from the payroll.

"It is not known how many doctors are involved in this exercise, but FSII suggests that those found to be benefiting from this evil act must be summoned and forced to repay the government and people of Solomon Islands.

"This is waste of tax payers’ money and these monies should have been used to improve much-needed health services and facilities."

In the meantime, FSII reminded all line ministries to watch out for this practice which is a total waste of tax-payers’ money.

"The practice of ghost employees on the payroll is not a new thing and I wonder why this practice is allowed to continually drain Government funds.

"FSII is doing its own investigations and will reveal names of the doctors implicated in this malpractice," Mr. Afuga said.

Comments are being sought from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

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