GMOA attempts to clip nurses’ wings


by Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) General Committee has decided to propose to the Health Ministry that clerks be appointed to all wards in the government hospitals.

GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya told The Island that many GMOA branch unions had requested the parent union to ask the Ministry to introduce the services of ward clerks in the state-sector hospitals to ease the workload of nurses.

Currently, the ward nurses in addition to doing their regular duties attend to taking inventories, admissions and ward audits. But, in the private sector hospitals clerks attended to administrative duties of a ward.

Dr. Padeniya said that for want of ward clerks the nurses were carrying out all the ward management duties as well. The GMOA was of the view that ward management was best left to clerks.

Dr. Padeniya added that the GMOA would meet Health Secretary Dr.Nihal Jayathilaka soon and propose the appointment of ward clerks to the hospital wards to ensure their functions.

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