250,000 shares in private hospital …DR KHAN: UNC PEOPLE LEAKED INFO

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Former Health Minister, Dr Fuad Khan, dropped a bombshell on television on Monday morning when he said that people within his own United National Congress (UNC), passed information to Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh, that he owned 250,000 shares in the St Augustine Private Hospital when he was Minister.

Speaking on CNC3, Khan said he was surprised that Deyalsingh brought the information to Parliament last Friday. When pressed as to who did it, Khan said people within the UNC leaked that information.

But he said he has not confronted any persons, saying it would seem that was the way of life in Trinidad and Tobago.

He did admit that he owned shares, but said when he was Minister, he took no part in any decisions with respect to that hospital. In fact, Khan said he asked the other shareholders to manage his shares.

He also denied he granted any licences to that hospital while he was Minister of Health.

In Parliament on Friday, Deyalsingh claimed one of his predecessors owned 250,000 shares in a private medical institution and signed certificates for certain scans to be done at that institution while he was health minister.

Responding to questions in Parliament, Deyalsingh said, “Unlike previous ministers of health, I own no 250,000 shares in any private institution. I, as minister of health will not issue a licence to a private hospital in which I own shares.” He identified no one by name.

Khan, the Member of Parliament for Barataria/San Juan, said there was no conflict of interest in him holding shares in St Augustine Private Hospital Limited while he served in the People’s Partnership (PP) administration from June, 27 2011 to June 17, 2015. He said he was not afraid of any investigations into this matter.

According to the Certificate of Incorporation for the St Augustine Private Hospital Holdings Ltd, dated December 20, 2012, Khan is listed among 29 shareholders of the company. He is classified as a medical doctor and is listed as having 250,000 ordinary shares.

Registrar-General documents dated October 26, 2007, list Khan as holding those shares since that date. Documents dated February 8, 2013; January 7, 2014; January 8, 2015; July 17, 2015 and July 14, 2016 also list Khan as a shareholder.

When Khan asked Deyalsingh if there was any increase to access to CT scans at the St Augustine Private Hospital, Deyalsingh replied, “I am aware that no minister of health who owns shares in a private facility, can sign a certificate under the Public Hospitals Act to issue to a licence to a facility in which they are a shareholder.

“How can a Minister owning 250,000 shares in a private facility in the first place be conducting operations in that facility and issuing a licence to the same facility that he has shares in?” He said under the Integrity in Public Life Act, “There should be an investigation.” 

Khan said as minister he recused himself from anything to do with the hospital and the chief medical officer dealt with those matters.

While he had no intention to file a matter of privilege against Deyalsingh, Khan said, “This is a silent attack on myself but I don’t believe it is coming from the PNM.” Asked if the attack could be coming from the United National Congress (UNC), Khan said he had certain information and would do his own investigations.
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TERRENCE DEYALSINGH, LEFT, AND DR FUAD KHAN 

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