Health Ministry schedules exam without informing all candidates

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Government Nursing Officers’ Association yesterday urged the Health Ministry to make the necessary arrangements to conduct examinations for Public Health Nursing Sisters, who had fulfilled the required criteria.

GNOA President Saman Ratnapriya said that over a thousand nurses, who had fulfilled all conditions, were not able to sit the examination as admission cards had not been sent to them.

Explaining the situation, Ratnapriya said that applications for the position had been called in 2012, through a Health Ministry circular, asking for nurses who were eligible for Grade II- A promotions to apply for the Public Health Nursing Sisters’ examination. The examination was scheduled to be held tomorrow (04). However, admission cards had not been sent to over a thousand nurses who had applied.

Ratnapriya said the move would only cause upheaval in the service. It was a violation of the rights of those nurses. Ratnapriya urged the Health Ministry to cancel the examination and reschedule it. He urged the Ministry ensure that all nurses with the required qualifications received the admissions on time.

Meanwhile. Health Ministry sources said there had been several complaints that the nurses had not received their admission cards. However, steps could be taken if the Health Ministry was contacted as early as possible to make necessary arrangements, they said.

The Director General Health Services (DGHS) was not available for comment at the time.

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