Health Ministry conducts 600 exams annually

Minister blames unnamed bureaucrat


The Nuwara Eliya General hospital expanded its services by adding a new ward complex, pharmacy, neo-natal care unit, ENT unit and new OPD at a cost of Rs.100 million. Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena unveils the plaque to open the new complexes.

By Don Asoka Wijewardena  

The government was in great difficulty because of a bureaucrat who prepared the 2006/No 6 Circular making it mandatory for the Health Ministry to conduct 600 examinations per annum, lamented Minister Maithripala Sirisena.

The Minister said the Health Ministry had to conduct at least two exams each day including Saturdays and Sundays. He was speaking at an opening of a ward complex, OPD, neo-natal care unit, pharmacy and ENT unit at the Nuwara-Eliya General Hospital recently at a cost of Rs.100 million.

Minister Sirisena said that the Health Ministry was the only government organisation which recruited the highest number of employees. It was responsible for selecting, recruiting and job placement of various categories of employees.

He had informed the Cabinet of the troublesome Circular, the minister said.

A dispute between nurses and midwives caused tremendous hardships to poor patients and resulted in a severe deterioration of the health service, he said.

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