CMLSSL sounds a warning

By Dilanthi Jayamanne | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 27 2021

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

Medical Laboratory Sciences rang warning bells against further chaos in the State health service, if Presidential intervention did not prevent further damage by appointing more military personnel to the State health service.

President of the College of Medical Laboratory Science Sri Lanka (CMLSSL), Ravi Kumudesh claimed there had been a recommendation by the Health Secretary for the appointment of a military person to the post of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Medicines  Regulatory Authority (NMRA) after having gone through the entire procedure of advertising and interviewing persons for the said position. 

“According to the President's concept of appointing competent persons to responsible posts, the CMLSSL held its peace when a retired Major General of the military was appointed as Secretary to the Health Ministry.” But, since then the entire decision-making process in the State health service has been in a state of chaos,” he alleged. 

Explaining, Kumudesh said that the CEO position of the NMRA had been vacant for over a period of one month after the retirement of Dr. Kamal Jayasinghe, as a result of a power struggle between the State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals and the incumbent Cabinet Minister for Health. According to NMRA Act, No. 5 of 2015, an advertisement should be placed for the position, a structured interviews should be held and short listed following which the most suitable candidate should be appointed according to the recommendations of the Cabinet Minister. 

An interview was held on 9 September 2021 while there was disapproval levelled due to allegations that the candidates had not been marked according to a structured method for their qualifications for the post. But in the midst of all this there have been media reports that the Health Secretary had recommended the appointment of an Army officer, contrary to all relevant procedures and created a great deal of uncertainty about the future of the NMRA. The CMLSSL President lamented that the actions of officials appointed to those key positions in this manner would only lead to the further criticism and allegations against the President himself.  

By Dilanthi Jayamanne | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 27 2021

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