Quack specialists in private hospitals?


Dr. Padeniya

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Health Ministry and the GMOA have pointed to the government the danger involved in the patient care at private hospitals due to non-maintenance of specialist registries.

As some private hospitals did not maintain a specialist registry, some foreign doctors were practicing medicine as consultants in those hospitals, the GMOA alleged.

GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya told The Island that for want of specialist registry the private sector hospitals were a law unto themselves. Some foreign doctors were recruited as medical practitioners and they were then promoted as consultants. It was illegal to promote a medical officer whose qualifications were not on par with the specialists.

He pointed out that though the GMOA and about 34 professional associations had asked the private sector hospitals to maintain a specialist register, many private sector hospitals did not maintain a registry. But the Supreme court order had stipulated that all private sector hospitals should have specialist registries."The consultant is a medical specialist who takes the final decision regarding a patient. But the private sector hospitals are allowing general practitioners to serve as consultants. It is totally illegal. In terms of qualifications and clinical management the general practitioners are not up to that standard," Dr. Padeniya stressed.

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