President Nasheed sent the bill to control thalassemia back to parliament for further amendments without ratification.
The bill was sent back again based on advice of the Attorney General who deemed it to be in conflict with current government policy regarding health care provided to thalassemic patients, President’s office website said today.
The website also stated that the President felt that all health care services including the medical services for thalassemic patients should be included in the social health insurance bill.
The bill was passed by parliament for the second time on December 27 last year.
Nasheed sent the bill back for the first time when it stated that with the establishment of a thalassemia treatment centre, the National thalassemia centre under the Male’ Health Corporation would cease to exist.
The President cited that the government had no legal authority to influence an entity operating under a company.