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Collection permits ceased

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, January 24, 2014

THE Commissioner Western's office has stopped issuing public collection permits after it was found that some individuals were abusing the licence.

Commander Joeli Cawaki said some individuals were taking advantage of the permits issued by his office and the district office.

"Some of them are using the permits to beg for money on the streets," he said.

New applications are being referred to the concerned authorities.

"We have a lot of people still coming to the office and the DO's office asking for public collection permits, so what we are doing now is referring them to the necessary people," Cdr Cawaki said.

"If they need money for health issues then we will refer them to the Ministry of Health.

"If it's something to do with social welfare then they will be referred to the Ministry of Social Welfare."

Cdr Cawaki said public collection for health reasons would follow strict policies introduced by the Health Ministry.

"The health department is giving treatment and they will do all the necessary procedures to help these people who need money to seek medical help.

"The Health Ministry has been given funds by government to cater specifically for these kinds of issues and so there should no longer be any excuse for people to still ask for money."

Earlier this week, the ministry announced the development of policies for patients and relatives of patients applying for financial assistance for overseas medical treatment.

Minister Dr Neil Sharma said after a diagnosis of a patient by specialists, patients were referred to the Medical Board for consideration of overseas treatment via a formal report.

The ministry revealed in a statement, along with the Medical Board, they would determine the level of financial support for the patient and relatives whether they were in a position for partial payment or full payment.

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