2 Aug 2012

LBJ hospital management face American Samoa House committee

10:31 am on 2 August 2012

The board and management of the LBJ Hospital will be questioned about reported salary increases for senior hospital employees at a hearing of the House Committee on Health Friday.

Chairman Puleleiite Tufele's main focus for the hearing is to get a report on spending of the $3 million loan that ASG gave the hospital in February, and stave off a rate increase that was planned to take effect that month.

The loan money comes from the 2% hike in the wage tax.

Reports have reached the Fono that new positions have been funded and management employees have received salary increases.

House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale has suggested that the committee delve into the reported salary hikes, saying it's disconcerting that the hospital raised rates in order to meet rising costs, but is able to raise salaries.

The hospital has requested a $50 million budget for the new fiscal year, which is $13 million more than its current year budget.