GMOA accuses PSC of delaying post-intern appointment

‘Some hospitals in North and East without doctors’

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday accused the Public Service Commission (PSC) of delaying the post-intern appointments of 1,179 doctors.

The GMOA should not be held responsible for the closure of any hospitals or peripheral units in the North and East for want of doctors if the post-intern appointments were delayed any further, a GMOA spokesman said.

Around 140 Rajarata medical graduates would complete their post-internship on March 17 and the courts had ordered the PSC to appoint all 1,179 post-interns, including the Rajarata graduates. But, the PSC had said that it would only appoint 1,139 post-interns., GMOA General Committee member Dr. Nalinda Herath told a media conference held at the GMOA head office on yesterday (10).

Dr. Herath said that many hospitals and peripheral clinics had been closed as adequate numbers of doctors were not appointed to those medical institutions. The GMOA had also asked the Attorney-General’s Department to intervene to sort out the matter. The Attorney-General had also asked the PSC to expedite the appointment process so that sufficient numbers of post-interns could be sent to the North and East.

Dr. Herath that it was a great injustice meted out to the post-interns. Although the PSC was supposed to be an independent organisation, it had no vision or mission towards the progress of the country. The GMOA would call upon the Health Ministry to intervene and negotiate with the PSC to sort out the problem soon.

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