GMOA blames contradictory Health Ministry circulars



by Don Asoka Wijewardena


 The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday said two circulars issued in 1985 and 1997 under the Establishment Code in the health sector were contradictory and that had led to the current dispute between nurses and midwives.


 According to the original circular issued in 1985 contained that all paramedics including the midwives were required to sign the attendance register at the hospital administrator’s office. Under that procedure all the hospital staff had to sign the attendance sheets at the hospital director’s office. But the circular issued in 1997 stipulated that all paramedics such as x-ray technicians, phlebotomists, MLTs, physiotherapists, nurses, attendants and midwives were required to sign the attendance sheets at the matron’s office, GMOA Committee member Samantha Ananda said at a media conference held at its head office.


 Dr. Ananda said that the GMOA did not want to interfere in the conflict between the nurses and midwives, but it was mainly concerned with the patient care. As a result of the tussle between the two groups the patients face hardships. The GMOA did not want to create such a situation in the health sector for the sake of the patients.


It was the Health Ministry’s duty to implement the original circular instead of the circular issued in 1997. The main problem lay in the Ministry issuing contradictory circulars. In accordance with the contents of the E-Code issued in 1985, all the paramedics, including the midwives were required to sign the attendance register at the director’s office.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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