Internship appointments bogged: GMOA slams Health Ministry over delay

By Dilanthi Jayamanne | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 19 2021
News Internship appointments bogged: GMOA slams Health Ministry over delay

By Dilanthi Jayamanne 

Doctors yesterday (18) lashed out at Health Ministry and its inefficiency at being unable to send in replacements for medical interns completing their internship. Secretary of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), Dr. Senal Fernando said a letter was sent to hospitals and provincial health directors a day before these doctors were to complete their internships, stating that internship appointments given to the 2012/2013 main batch set to windup their service today (19) have been extended till 27 October 2021. 

The union had suspended its strike after the Health Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella and his officials, including the Director Tertiary Care Services, promised to resolve the issue a day before the Union threatened to strike as a final resort over internship appointments and annual transfers. “To add insult to injury, medical graduates who completed their MBBS degrees six months to one year ago and are supposed to assume duties in the positions of the outgoing interns from tomorrow (20) have to wait it out at home longer. 

It is the inefficiency of the Director Tertiary Care Services and the Health Ministry which has led to the unprecedented delays in consultant transfers, which has contributed to the chaotic situation in several hospitals in the country”. If there was a complaint that a doctor delayed in seeing a patient at a State hospital there would be an inquiry and disciplinary action would follow if needed, but who is to take action against such officials in the Ministry of Health who cannot even properly fulfil the duty allotted to them, he queried. Dr. Fernando appealed to Health Minister, Rambulwella to take necessary action and ensure that his instructions are carried out accordingly.

By Dilanthi Jayamanne | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 19 2021

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