Health Ministry disciplinary unit inefficient – GMOA

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday alleged that the disciplinary unit of the Health Ministry served no purpose because the officers assigned to conduct inquiries were untrained and uninformed.

GMOA President Dr. Anuraddha Padeniya said there had been a backlog of inquiries against doctors for the last five to 10 years.

The inability of the officers responsible for conducting inquiries, had caused numerous problems, he said. Many innocent doctors had been made scapegoats, while those responsible for medical negligence, malpractices and dereliction of duty had gone scot-free.

Dr. Padeniya said that GMOA had met Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena on November 27 and explained the situation.

In response to the GMOA complaint, Minister Sirisena had ordered the Health Secretary to set up a new disciplinary unit with qualified personnel, who had undergone training in clinical management and administration, the GMOA chief said.

According to the Minister, medical experts, instead of mere graduates, would hereafter deal with the problems faced by doctors and take disciplinary action against errant members.

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