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Crimes alleged: Investigation into hospital ‘corruption’

Crimes alleged: Investigation into hospital ‘corruption’

Officials are investigating Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hospital after anonymous complaints were put forward against its director, accusing him of corruption and a lack of transparency.

According to anonymous letters written by doctors and nurses in the hospital and widely disseminated, hospital director Seng Nong has been embezzling some $500 in hospital revenue monthly and pocketing proceeds from the building’s canteen and parking lot.

Nong was also accused of illegally logging trees surrounding the hospital to build his own private building and allowing “cronies” to go on long holidays and attend extra seminars.

The letter also appealed to the National Assembly’s anti-corruption commission to investigate.

Nong, however, denied the accusations, saying he didn’t touch the hospital’s budget or revenue. He said the trees were logged to create space for a new building financed by Japan.

Anti-corruption commission chairperson Ho Vann urged the complainants to provide specific information documenting the alleged crimes. “Please send me the documents so I can check them,” Van said.

Health Minister Mam Bunheng said ministry officials have been sent to the hospital to investigate.


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