Nat. Hospital Cardio Thoracic unit nearly paralysed

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

 The Cardio Thoracic Unit (CTU) of the Colombo National Hospital (NHSL) is faced with yet another crisis following the transfer of six anaesthetists.

Informed sources at the NHSL yesterday said that the situation had led to the closure of one of the four theatres in the Unit.

They said that the NHSL CTU had 30 anaesthetists and the transfers had resulted in surgeons having to cut down on the number of operations. There should be at least eight anaesthetists, especially during the morning shift when the all four theatres were functioning, sources said. The three ICUs also needed an anaesthetist each, they said.

Even prior to these transfers there was a waiting period of one year for a heart surgery due to the routine surgeries, accidents and stab injuries which also needed attention, sources said.

NHSL sources said that there were very few takers among medical officers to be trained as anesthetists at present owing to the work load.

NHSL sources accused the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) and the Health Ministry of being responsible for the situation.

It took a minimum of at least six months to train an anaesthetist. The Ministry and the GMOA should have ensured that there was a proper replacement before taking steps to transfer the six out, they said.

Hospital Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe, when contacted, said that it was a temporary problem.

The Unit had been requested to make do with the available numbers till the replacements were given.

The GMOA Spokesman said however that they were unaware of the present situation but would look into it.

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