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BRIEFS - NHF head calls it quits

Published:Thursday | June 7, 2012 | 12:00 AM
  • NHF head calls it quits

National Health Fund (NHF) boss Hugh Lawson has resigned. In a release yesterday, the NHF indicated that Lawson is returning to the private sector to focus on his personal interests.

His resignation will be effective August 31 the release read, but he will proceed on vacation leave within the next week.

Benjamin Waysome, director of strategic human resource at the Ministry of Health, will act as NHF chief executive officer until a replacement is identified.

"In order to ensure a smooth transition, Mr Lawson will provide support to the acting CEO over the next few days," the NHF said.

  • Former NSWMA manager arrested

Former special projects manager at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Mark Rodney, has been arrested in connection with a multimillion-dollar crime at the public-cleansing body.

Local Government Minister Noel Arscott, in a brief statement to the House of Representatives yesterday, said Rodney, who he did not name, has been arrested in relation to "illicit transaction in excess of $160 million".

Arscott said the former employee was arrested in relation to the Corruption Prevention Act and the Proceeds of Crime Act.

He said the Financial Investigations Division was asked to carry out a forensic audit of the agency, including procurement activities for the financial year 2011-2012.