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Hospital paying patients’ fares

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THE National Referral Hospital has started paying fares of some of its patients who have been waiting to return to their provinces since last month.

But not all of them were given fares this week. Others will have to wait until next week.

An officer from the hospital’s accounts department said those who received their fares this week were patients who have been discharged in the month of October up to the first week of this month.

 He said an estimated $70,000 was paid to the patients but that was still not enough to meet the fares for the second group.

He said the hospital needs another $100,000 to meet the fares of the remaining ones.

“We hope to have this settled next week,” he said.

 “But that depends on how quick we retire the imprest to the Ministry of Finance,” the officer added.

“We understand how the patients feel about this delay, but we are doing all we can to clear the situation.”

The national referral hospital normally pays for fares for patients referred from the provincial hospitals and admitted there when they were discharged.

By Daniel Namosuia