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Governor respects intent of CHCC bill

GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres said he respects the intent of House Bill 20-149, which will abolish the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., and looks forward to the public hearing that lawmakers will conduct.

Introduced by Vice Speaker Janet Maratita, the bill will also re-create the Department of Public Health under the executive branch.

The governor said he wants to hear what members of the community have to say about the measure, “and if they are happy with the current CHCC services or if there are more services that they want — and that is what the bill is all about so we must have a public hearing and we must listen to the community.”

He said a public hearing will help lawmakers develop an informed opinion about the bill.

“Our priority is to provide better healthcare services, and get the equipment and supplies that the hospital needs. I want this for the record: I appreciate and thank all the staff at the hospital, the nurses and doctors and the other personnel. They are vital to our community.”

He said, while they may disagree over certain issues, he has no “personal agenda” against CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna.

“I personally like her. I also announced publicly my disappointment with how the $200,000 allotment was spent [by CHCC]. I said my piece and have moved forward,” Torres said, referring to the outpatient pharmacy opened by CHCC.

He said he will continue to identify funding to buy the equipment that the hospital needs.

“We all want better healthcare. How to achieve it has always been an issue,” he added.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101897-governor-respects-intent-of-chcc-bill

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