Bureaucracy delays internship appointments of new medical graduates

BY Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday accused the Health Ministry of failing to provide internship appointments for new medical graduates for the next 12 months.  

GMOA Secretary Dr.  Nalinda Herath said that Intern appointments had been given for a period of one year. The last batch commenced their internship training in November 2014, and was due to complete it this month.

Dr. Herath said the ministry had not even thought of making the arrangements for accommodating the 2015/2016 intern batch as yet.

The GMOA Secretary said there were many medical graduates idling due to the delay caused by the Health Ministry.  

Dr. Herath said the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine had blamed the delay on the University Grants Commission (UGC); it said the UGC was yet to submit the merit list which would assist the ministry in making internship appointments.

Dr. Herath said that MBBS graduates needed a one-year internship to receive Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) registration.

Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof. Mohan de Silva, contacted for comment, said that there was no reason to hinder the procedure of internship appointments by delaying the submission of the merit list. He said there had been a technical issue as regards acquiring lists from the relevant universities. One student from the Jaffna University was not accounted for he said explaining that there had been instances when students from Jaffna had read for their medical degrees from Peradeniya and Ruhuna. It could be due to the situation in the North at that time.

Prof. De Silva said, however, that the situation was under control and that steps were being taken to submit the merit list to the Health Ministry.

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