GMOA frowns on supernumerary  specialists’ appointments

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya yesterday said that the supernumerary specialists appointment scheme had been prepared improperly. It lacked transparency.

He said that the supernumerary specialist transfer scheme had caused more problems. Many consultant pathologists, paediatricians, anaesthetists and eye surgeons had complained to the GMOA about the existing transfer scheme.

The scheme was meant to help the consultants to get sabbatical leave and stay in the teaching hospitals without annual transfers, because the final decisions on patients were taken by the consultants, he said.

He said that the GMOA had held a discussion with Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka last week on the problems arising from the current supernumerary transfer scheme. A workshop to discuss the issue on supernumerary specialist transfer scheme would be held next month. Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Maheepala would address the workshop.

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