Former National Health Fund, NHF, Chairman, Chris Zacca, says the Fund has been summoned to Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee, PAAC.
He therefore declined a previously agreed interview on development which reportedly took place during his chairmanship.
Meanwhile, the National Health Fund, NHF, has revealed that Market Me principal, Lyndsey McDonnough, was still a member of the Fund’s board when it received a request from the Health Ministry to fund the Jamaica Moves programme.
Market Me submitted its unsolicited proposal in July 2016.
Ms McDonnough was appointed to the board two months earlier in April 2016.
In response to queries from Nationwide News, the NHF’s Director of Health Promotions, Public Relations and Customer Care, Shermaine Robotham says the NHF received a grant request from the Health Ministry on January 11, 2017.
Ms Robotham revealed that McDonnough attended her last board meeting on January 25, 2017.
The NHF’s board reportedly approved funding to the Health Ministry for the Jamaica Moves Programme on February 22, 2017.
Ms McDonnough tendered her resignation on February 15, 2017.
This means McDonnough was still a member of the NHF’s board when the Health Ministry approached the Fund about financing for Jamaica Moves.
Nationwide News has since obtained a copy of Ms. McDonnough’s resignation letter sent to Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton.
The letter was also copied to then NHF Chairman, Christopher Zacca.
Dated February 15, 2017, Ms. McDonnough in her resignation did not mention anything pertaining to a potential conflict of interest in her role as a board member of the NHF and a principal of Market Me.
She explained that while the decision to resign was not an easy one, she believed it was in the NHF board’s best interest to step aside.
Ms McDonnough further stated she’s not been able to add value to the organization in the capacity in which she was appointed.