Release govt. docs to replace Indians in pvt. sector – GMOASeptember 20, 2012, 12:00 pm
by Don Asoka Wijewardena
The GMOA has urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to permit doctors and consultants attached to State-run hospitals to work for private hospitals too.
GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya yesterday requested that government medical officers and consultants be allowed to provide round-the-clock health care services at private hospitals, instead of allowing unscreened Indian doctors to do so.
About 184 Indian registered medical practitioners had become consultants in the private hospitals although they did not possess the required qualifications and it was a flagrant violation of the Sri Lanka Medical Ordinance, he told a Media Conference at the GMOA head office.
Dr. Padeniya said that the GMOA General Committee had held a fruitful discussion with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on the possibility of releasing the doctors and consultants attached to the government hospitals, as now the government doctors could only visit the private hospitals after 4.00 p.m.
The GMOA was concerned that the patients in the private hospitals had to see either consultants or general practitioners after 4.00 p.m. But, if they sought timely medical attention at the private hospitals before 4.00 p.m. it was often not available. The cardiac and stroke patients were in need of urgent medical attention, he said.
Dr. Padeniya added that the President and the Defence Secretary had consented to implement the programme and wanted the request in writing.
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