Sommerville Soon to Answer to PSC Regarding Missing Monies from Hospital

Plus News has been informed that the Administrator at the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga, Ms. Nasley Sommerville, will soon be appearing before the Public Service Commission.

vlcsnap-2014-05-07-19h59m32s191Sommerville will be answering questions regarding Hundreds of thousands of dollars missing from the Maternal and Child Health Bank account from the Southern Regional Hospital.

An Auditor General’s internal audit was conducted at the Southern Regional Hospital, following reports of suspected irregular activities.

Over a three year period, it is reported that about four hundred thousand dollars were withdrawn, but the hospital administration has no record of ever seeing these monies.

Hospital Administrator Nasley Sommerville was placed on suspension after it was alleged that she withdrew at least three cheques in a total sum of $7,060.00, accusations that she denied.

vlcsnap-2014-05-07-18h21m49s3According to CEO in the Ministry of Health, Peter Allen,somebody was running a separate checking system, so that there were multiple cheque books.

He told the media last November that the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had indicated to him that the case is proceeding.

We know that while the Auditor General was auditing the Southern Regional Hospital, the police were also conducting their own investigations. Sommerville has been on suspension and on half salary since this story broke in early October of last year but to date, no charges have been laid.

Sommerville apparently was supposed to appear before the commission last week however that meeting was postponed because the Commission has given her an opportunity to respond in writing to a second report issued on the investigations.

She is not the only Ministry of Health Administrator that must face the Public Service Commission to answer questions regarding missing funds.

vlcsnap-2014-05-07-17h31m01s69Central Regional Administrator, Melinda Guerra, who sat at the head table at an award ceremony for the Matron Roberts Polyclinic Two only a few days ago, was allegedly named in another audit report.

The Auditor’s report on the Central Regional’s finances, according CEO Peter Allen, is a confidential one available only to the Public Service Commission, but the report also uncovers serious financial irregularities.

CEO Allen told the media recently that the allegations, in his understanding of it, has more to do with not following financial regulations. Because of the manner of allegations, CEO Allen says that certain authorities have been removed beyond Guerra’s  control as a precaution until further notice.

As with the case of Nasley Sommerville, she is also awaiting a hearing before the Public Services Commission.

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