GMOA sabotaging hospital administration – JJB
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) MP Vijitha Herath yesterday (30) alleged the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) is pressuring the Health Ministry not to appoint medical administrator grade doctors to hospitals, in order to carry out its own agenda in the Health Ministry and State hospitals.
Participating in the Committee Stage Debate on the Expenditure Head of the Health Ministry, Herath said there is an administrative crisis in the country’s health service.
“The success of any institute depends on its administration. There is an administration crisis in State hospitals. Main reason for this is not appointing chief administrative officers to hospitals. A mechanism was introduced years ago to recruitmedical administrator grade doctors. To provide education and training to a medical officer to become a medical administrator grade doctor, the Government spends about Rs. 20 million. However, they are not recruited to hospitals. They haves been neglected by the Health Ministry. Medical administrator grade doctors went to Court and the Health Ministry Secretary agreed to recruit them within three weeks. Although the gazette notification was issued, no recruitment was made. When the gazette was discussed at Cabinet meetings, both the former and current Health Minister tried to cancel the gazette,” he claimed.
The reason behind this is the influence of the GMOA. They pressure ministers not to recruit medical administrator grade doctors. Several GMOA members try to make the Health Ministry to dance to their tunes. They want to carry out their agendas in the Ministry and hospitals, Herath alleged and added, “That is why Muruththettuwe Ananada Thera said that a GMOA member requested him to influence the authorities to appoint the latter as the Health Ministry Secretary. Therefore, the situation is very clear. Ministers believe that medical administrator grade doctors should be appointed. But they are scared of the GMOA. That is why the administration of hospitals is in a sorry state. The GMOA wants to control the Health Ministry and the doctors. That is why they pressure the ministers not to appoint medical administrator grade doctors.”