Belize City, July 15, 2014 On the heels of multiple Auditor General reports exposing major financial irregularity at the Ministry of Health’s Southern Regional Hospital and Central Health Region, a new investigation has commenced over the spending of over half a millions dollars at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. KHMH has seen its fair share of controversies over the past six years – starting from the pharmaceutical hustling fiasco which saw doctors go on strike to the outbreak of an infection which killed 13 babies – but this time something seems to have broken the camel’s back, however. The Board has decided to terminate instead of automatically renew the services of Chief Executive Officer Francis Gary Longsworth and Director of Finances Carlos Perrera. Perrera, we are told, was fired and has already exited the hospital leaving under a heavy shadow of scandal following allegations of mismanagement of the hospital’s financial affairs. Longsworth will be leaving in September. This latest scandal is over the purchase of two X-ray machines, which together cost the hospital over $600,000. The machines were purchased from a company based in Orange Walk Town but it was done in a very fishy way. The purchases were not made with an invoice or contract. Yet, the machines were received and a partial payment was done. The KHMH Board has called the Auditor General in to investigate this purchase along with other transactions with the company. The Board is also looking into the allegation that purchases of beds for the hospital were made but, like the acquisition of the expensive x-ray machines, does not seem in order.