Interim budget could force top officials into early retirement – Health Ministry sources

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Majority of top officials in the Health Ministry and Senior Hospital Consultants would have to retire should the Interim Budget proposal be applied to health professionals as well, Ceylon Today learns.

Health Ministry sources noted that almost 80 per cent of Health Ministry’s top officials and senior consultants would have to retire should the President’s Budgetary proposal calling for the retirement of all government and semi-government officials turning 60 years by 31 December 2022, apply to the state health service as well.

They noted that the proposal included senior administrators in the Health Ministry.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his interim Budget speech said the retirement age of Government and Semi-Government employees will be reduced to 60 years.

By Dilanthi Jayamanne