Political victimisation: Docs deprived of posts should be reinstated – GMOA
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Doctors who were not appointed to the deputy medical administrative grade positions due to political victimisation during the former UNF Government should be given these positions at least now, Secretary of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), Dr. Senal Fernando said.
Dr. Fernando said yesterday (24) that there were over 80 vacancies in the medical administrative service. They included hospital Director posts and Director positions in the Health Ministry. They were being overlooked and given ‘Acting positions’ resulting in the collapse of the medical administrative grade, he alleged.
Dr. Fernando said therefore, measures should be taken to call for applications from those in deputy medical administrative grades to fill in all vacant positions of senior medical administrative grade. At the same time, applications should be called to fill in vacant posts in the deputy medical administrative grade in a transparent manner.
Meanwhile, ten Teaching Hospitals which had been recognised as ‘End Posts’ during Dr. Senaratne’s time should be included in the annual transfer list, he said.
The GMOA Secretary said doctors who had applied for deputy medical administrative positions in 2016 had not been appointed to these posts during the time of former Health Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, therefore, appointments should be backdated. A doctor holding a Diploma or a Postgraduate Medical Degree could be appointed to the deputy medical administrative Grade. They are eligible to be promoted to a senior administrative Grade after three years of service in the deputy medical administrative Grade capacity only if they have a Postgraduate Degree in Community Medicine or Medical Administration.
Dr. Fernando said applications for the Deputy Medical Administrative Grade had not been called after 2016 during Dr. Senaratne’s tenure as Health Minister. He alleged that the Minister’s political interference had resulted in the delay (till 2019) of appointing those eligible for the position. The Minister’s continuous influence led to several doctors not being given appointments till 2019. It resulted in the delay in the appointment of Senior Medical Administrators.
Dr. Fernando warned that his union would decide on trade union measures if timely action was not taken to remedy the situation.