7 Jan 2013

Vanuatu PM reinstates director of health

3:51 pm on 7 January 2013

Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, has reinstated the Director General of Health, Howard Aru, who was suspended by the Minister of Health.

The Daily Post reports that the Prime Minister told the Minister, Don Ken, that no minister can suspend any Director General.

It says this can only be done by the Public Service Commission in consultation with the Prime Minister.

The paper says the purported suspension of Mr Aru reflects a common misunderstanding by government ministers who believe that they have the power to suspend a Director General.