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Main opposition to take healthcare scheme cut to parliament

Aishath Mihna Nasih
08 May 2017, MVT 16:29
Members of MDP Health and welfare committee in a press conference
Aishath Mihna Nasih
08 May 2017, MVT 16:29

Main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) declared on Monday that they will submit to Parliament the issue of Aasandha Company abruptly limiting the national healthcare scheme only to state run hospitals and medical centres, cutting out private sector hospitals from the scheme.

Aasandha Company had abruptly announced late Saturday that it is curtailing its services to only state hospitals and medical centres. However, the President’s Office followed up early Monday with a statement that the national healthcare scheme has been restored to hospitals of the private sector as well.

Speaking at a press conference held at MDP office, Chair of the Health Committee Dr Ibrahim Didi stated that a certain budget is allotted for the national healthcare scheme for the whole year and that limiting it before half the year is over is only an act of harassing the public.

Stating that he has his own clinic and had received a mail to withdraw Aasandha services effective immediate on Saturday night, Didi refuted the President's Office claim that Aasandha scheme has been restored, claiming that he did not receive any mails confirming that Aasandha services have been returned to his clinic.

Didi further described the Aasandha issue as a melodrama played by President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

“Citizens cannot be misguided. The sudden reduction in staple food price after they were raised by 100 percent earlier was just another move to influence the [Local Council Elections] votes," added Didi.

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