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Hospital chief denies corruption allegations

Hospital chief denies corruption allegations

The director of Preah Sihanouk Province Referral Hospital is under fire after several doctors accused him of corruption and embezzling hospital funds, a health official confirmed.

The provincial health department concluded on Wednesday an investigation of director Seng Nong following complaints from a group of 32 doctors working in the hospital, health department president Lim Samean told the Post.

“The inspection was over some doctors’ complaints about the director’s irregular leading of the hospital,” Samean said. “The investigation has just finished and the results will be out soon.”

Nong, however, denied the allegations, saying they were unfounded.

“They were complaining about how I’m controlling the hospital, but their complaints are not true,” Nong said. “The inspection officials are always examining my work, but it’s not a big problem.” Nong refused to comment further about the grievances.

In 2013, the hospital, which employs about 185 workers, received more than $14 million in improvement grants from Japan, according to a statement at the time.

“The fact that the medical staff have the courage to file a complaint against their director is a positive sign that enhances accountability,” said Kol Preap, executive director of Transparency International Cambodia.

Despite the investigation, Samean said that the hospital’s daily operation has not been affected. The complainants could not be reached for comment.

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