Docs’ transfers affect some hospitals; problem won’t last long, says Ministry

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The implementation of the 2012 annual transfers for grade medical officers has severely affected the functioning of the Colombo South Teaching Hospital (CSTH) spokesman said.

A spokesman for the hospital said it was faced with an acute shortage of trained medical officers in the anaesthesia department following their release early this month in accordance with a directive by the Health Secretary in May to ensure that annual transfers were implemented.

He said that it had resulted in discussions between the CSTH authorities and its consultants on how to deal with the sudden situation on their hands as it was time consuming to train medical officers.

The CSTH had also decided to stop accepting ICU patients transferred from other hospitals till further notice.

Annual transfers were given every four years, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, too, is experiencing dissiculties owing to transfers. Only three theatres out of seven are functioning. Over 40 patients needing surgical care had been turned away last morning as a result and only emergency cases and cancer patients were being attended to, a hospital official said.

Neither the Health Secretary nor the Health Ministry spokesman could be contacted for comment.

However, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) which plays a major role in preparing the transfer list in collaboration with the Health Ministry said the problems were temporary. Spokesman for the GMOA, Dr. Naveen de Zoysa said that some shortages had been reported, however it would only be till the positions were filled.

The Health Ministry spokeman said problems had cropped up here and there as some doctors refused to move out despite transfer orders but the situation would be back to normal as the GMOA usually tackled such problems effectively.

animated gif
Processing Request
Please Wait...