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Who doctored document at SJGH?



by Lal Gunasekera


All employees of the Sri Jayewardepura General Hospital (SJGH), including Consultants, Hospital Director, Deputy Director, Board Secretary and accountant will now have to retire at 60 years in keeping with Public Enterprises circular No. 52 of Nov 25, 2008.


At an emergency meeting of the Board of Directors at SJGH last Thursday (Oct 28), it was decided unanimously to implement a decision to that effect after a government appointed director revealed that the Board at SJGH had ‘doctored’ a cabinet memorandum on Aug 26, 1986 that Consultants, Director, Deputy Director, Board Secretary and Accountant could continue till 65 years.


Sources told The Island that a cabinet memorandum dated May 25, 1984 submitted by the then Health Minister Sunethra Ranasinghe stipulating that optional retirement age of staff officers would be 55 years and compulsory retirement age at 65, while the optional retirement age for other workers is 55 and compulsory retirement set at 60 years.


But the SJGH Board on Aug 26, 1986 brought in amendments so that Consultants, Director, Deputy Director, Board Secretary and Accountant could retire at 55 years (optional) and 65 (compulsory).


One of government appointed directors had pointed out the discrepancy in the two documents at last Thursday’s Board meeting, sources said.


Another government representative on the SJGH Board brought it to the notice of all members present a government policy decision made last month that all public servants, including those in the armed forces and police, should retire at 60 years.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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