Doctors not given appointments even three months after completing internship

Health Secretary promises to solve problem in mid-June

By Don Asoka Wijewardena 

Several healthcare institutions such as the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital in the North Central Province that was battling the deadly kidney disease were affected by a severe dearth of doctors, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said yesterday.

GMOA National Health Issue member Dr. Chinthaka Wijewardena said that of late more than ordinary health centres, institutions like the Anuradhapura Teaching hospital and other base and district hospitals had been functioning without the required numbers of medical officers. The main reason for the shortage was the failure on the part of the Health Ministry to appoint the post-interns.

 Dr Wijewardena said hospital administrators had also urged the Health Ministry to appoint the post-interns without further delay.

Health Secretary Dr. D. M. R. B. Dissanayaka, contacted for comment, said that the Health Ministry would give appointments to 1,200 post-interns on June 15 so that the affected hospitals in the North Central Province would have enough medical officers. The appointments of post-interns had got delayed due to some technical difficulties. But, the ministry had prepared the complete list of post-interns to be appointed in June.

The shortage of medical officers was limited only to the NCP. The Ministry, on the instruction of Minister Rajitha Senaratne and in consultation with the GMOA would resolve all the healthcare related issues shortly, the Health Secretary said.

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