Govt takes over Trinco General Hospital on the request of EPCApril 9, 2014, 10:56 pm
By Don Asoka Wijewardena
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena Monday assured that the government as a policy would never take over the assets and properties of the provincial councils.
The Eastern provincial council however had requested the government to take over the Trincomalee General hospital to the Central Government. The hospital was taken over by the government and the government would streamline the services it provided, he said at a ceremony held to take over the Trincomalee General Hospital on April 7.
Minister Sirisena pointed out that since he assumed duties as Health Minister four years ago, a plethora of requests had been flooding the Ministry to take over the Trinco hospital. In terms of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, the responsibilities and both physical and human resources of the provincial councils would never be acquired by the government as a policy. But if the provincial councils urged the government to take them over the government would take necessary action, he said.
He added that the government would never take over any organisation and responsibilities of the provincial councils by force.
The Eastern province Governor and Deputy Minister Susantha Punchinilame had requested the government to take over the Trincomalee hospital which needed expansion and development as it had been providing better healthcare services to the Eastern province.
Minister Sirisena stressed that just because the government took over the hospital, an overnight solution to provide miraculous services could not be done. The government could not solve 100 all the problems and shortcomings of the hospital. Even the NHSL was faced with a number of problems. Nurses and paramedics shortages, shortages of doctors, and the tussle between nurses and midwives had caused more problems. The government could not buy professionals just like purchasing a chew of betel or a doll, he said.
Caption: The Trincomalee General Hospital was taken over by the Central government on the request of the Eastern Province Provincial Council. The Eastern Province governor Mohan Wijewickrema handed over the relevant documents to Minister Sirisena who in turn handed them over to Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka. Here Minister Sirisena hands over the documents to Dr. Jayathilaka, while Deputy Minister Susantha Punchinilame, Deputy Health Minister Lalith Dissanayaka and Governor Mohan Wijewickrema look on.
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