Govt doctors urge DGHS: Strictly Implement Transfer Policy
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Government doctors urged the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) to strictly implement the transfer policy, to overcome the shortage of doctors in difficult areas in the country.
Secretary of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), Senal Fernando yesterday (1) said there were a total of 6,969 medical officers who had failed to accept transfers that had been approved by the Public Service Commission (PSC). He lamented that it impacted patient care, which suffered greatly.
Failing to strictly implement the annual transfers of doctors has been a major factor in the delay in deploying them to difficult areas. Dr. Fernando said the hospital authorities were responsible for releasing the relevant doctor to assume duties at any hospital which had been approved by the PSC according to the Gazette and Circulars related to doctors’ transfers.
Currently, medical care of patients in the State health service is in dire straits, as about 38 per cent of grade medical officers had failed to accept the transfers that had been given to them, the GMOA Secretary pointed out.