* PM instructs to continue with the Medical Officers’ Transfer Board
Tue, Jan 4, 2022, 11:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Jan 04, Colombo: The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed to continue with the Transfer Board of Medical Officers as it has been maintained so far.
The Prime Minister gave the instructions following a discussion with Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) at the Temple Trees today.
The Government Medical Officers’ Association held a special discussion with the Prime Minister this morning on the unresolved issues of the doctors that led to the recent trade union action.
The GMOA pointed out that the arbitrary role of Acting Deputy Director General of Health Services of the Ministry of Health Dr.G. Wijesuriya led to the trade union action taken by the government doctors.
The Association explained that the issue was the setting up of post-internship appointments, which have been prepared so far subject to the approval of the Transfer Boards, without the participation of transfer boards.
The Prime Minister, who understood the issue, pointed out that attempts to change the existing methods at the discretion of certain officials would create a crisis. He instructed the officials of the Ministry of Health to act in accordance with the Establishments Code with the trade unions without disturbing the government by following political ideologies.
Specialist Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, on behalf of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), proposed that the Medical Administration should not be divided into two sections, as seniors and juniors and should be kept in the same level.
Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella, Secretary to the Prime Minister Gamini S. Senarath, and Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. SH Munasinghe were also present at the discussion.