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New Board and CEO for National Kidney Foundation (NKF)

Source: www.moh.gov.sg

MINISTRY OF HEALTH PRESS STATEMENT

Chairman and Members of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Board, together with its CEO, approached the Minister for Health this afternoon for advice on how to respond to public reactions to the ongoing court case between the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the Singapore Press Holdings.
The Minister stressed two immediate priorities. First, care for NKF¡¯s dialysis patients should not be disrupted in any way. Second, shattered public confidence must be restored.
The NKF Board members and the CEO shared this view.
On restoring public confidence, the NKF Board and the CEO sought the Minister¡¯s intervention and offered to resign in order to give him a free hand in this.
In particular, they requested Minister¡¯s assistance to reconstitute a new Board and appoint a new CEO.
NKF is an independent non-Governmental Voluntary Welfare Organisation. However, in the interest of the dialysis patients and the NKF, the Minister agreed to help in this effort.
Over the next few days, the Government will appoint an interim board to ensure continuous operation of NKF¡¯s various Dialysis Centres, as well as to work on medium-term tasks, including forming a new Board, appointing a new CEO, reviewing accounting practices, funding needs, and pricing and subsidy policies.
Pending completion of these reviews, NKF will suspend active fund-raising activities.
The Minister acknowledged that the NKF has been a key partner in providing care for kidney patients. There will continue to be many patients needing such help and the cause for charity should not be diminished by this episode.

Source: www.moh.gov.sg Press Release 14 Jul 2005

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Interim Chairman of NKF

At the invitation of the Minister for Health, Mr Gerard Ee, President of the National Council of Social Services (NCSS), has agreed to serve as the interim Chairman for the National Kidney Foundation.
Mr Ee is a well-known, respected figure, particularly in charity work. Under his leadership at the NCSS, there has been improved accountability and transparency of VWOs through the launch of the Code of Governance and Management for VWOs in July 2003. He provided leadership for strengthening the service through setting up the Social Service Training Institute (SSTI). Mr Ee is currently a member at several other public boards and councils, testifying to his public standing (CV of Mr Ee attached).
During this period of transition, the Minister has also asked the Commissioner of Charities to assist in the process.

Mr Gerard Ee's CV

Gerard Ee was born in Singapore in 1949. He is married with two children, a boy who is 12 and a girl who is 10. In 1972 Gerard became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He served full-time in the Singapore Armed Forces for two and half years to discharge his national service obligations. In 1974 he started his career as an accountant. In 1976 he became a practicing auditor and on 30 June 2005, Gerard retired as a partner of the International firm, Ernst & Young.
Gerard has been active in the field of social service throughout his professional life as an accountant. He helped convert a programme from providing respite care into the Assisi Home and Hospice in 1987 and was its Chairman until 2002. In 1989 he established Bizlink Centre, an employment programme for the disabled, and was its Chairman until 1992. He has chaired a whole range of social service organizations and programmes which include juvenile rehabilitative centres, grassroots organizations, schools, and various programmes for the elderly and youth. He was also an active member of the Task Force which established the Code on Religious Harmony.
Apart from being a member of the National Medical Ethics Committee, he is the President of the National Council of Social Service. As a Justice of the Peace, Gerard visits the prisons and conducts criminal procedure mediation sessions. He is also a member of the Governing Council of the Singapore Institute of Management.
Source: www.moh.gov.sg Press Release 15 Jul 2005

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Vandalism At NKF Building, Kim Keat Road

On 13 Jul 2005 at 5.20am, Police received a call from the building manager of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Headquarters located at No 81 Kim Keat Road. She reported that the external perimeter walls facing Kim Keat Road have been sprayed with writings. The graffiti, which were in red spray paint, were in English and Mandarin.
The case has been classified as vandalism and investigations are ongoing.
Members of the public who have information on this case are requested to contact the Police Hotline at 1800-2550000.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
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3 July 2005 @ 8.30 pm
Source: www.spf.gov.sg Media Release 13 Jul 2005

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