Health Secy flayed for failing to fill 70 vacancies

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) and its rival the Government Medical Officers’ Forum (GMOF) fault the Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilake for his failure to fill about 70 medical administrators’ vacancies. The GMOF has written to Health Minister to remove Dr. Jayathilaka from the post due to his alleged failure to run the Ministry properly.

GMOA General Committee member Dr. Navin de Soysa alleged that premier hospitals such as Maharagama Cancer Institute, Angoda Mental Institute, Colombo South Teaching hospitals and some leading hospitals in the country had been without proper medical administrators for a long time. Even the Lady Ridgeway Hospital was without a qualified medical administrator, he alleged.

Enough medical administrators had been trained, but they had not been appointed to fill the vacancies, Dr. Soysa said.

Health Secretary Dr. Jayathilaka, contacted for comment, dismissed the allegations leveled against him. The Senior medical administrators’ transfers were being carried out, he said. The Health Ministry would be calling for fresh applications from the Deputy medical administrators to fill vacancies in the Senior medical administrators positions. " I am aware that approximately 70 Senior medical administrator posts are vacant. But I have to wait until the annual medical administrators’ transfers are over. Thereafter, I will call for applications from the deputy medical administrators for senior grades. I am sure by the end of this February all the hospital administrators vacancies could be filled," Dr. Jayathilaka said.


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