urges Ministry to expedite appointments
By Kushali Atukorale
Inefficiency of the Ministry of Healthcare has delayed the
appointments of 750 post interns, charged Government Medical
Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday.
GMOA Spokesman Dr. Upul Gunasekara told The Nation, that the
Ministry is allegedly delaying the appointments of the 750 post
interns deliberately even after the approval of Public Service
Commission (PSC) was granted.
“The PSC had approved these appointments two weeks ago according
to the E-Code of the PSC. Thus, we don’t understand why the
Ministry is delaying these appointments,” Dr. Gunasekera said.
He also said that initially the Ministry informed the GMOA that
they cannot appoint the post interns as doctors since they are
not been certified by the PSC.
“It will take only two days to complete the procedure as we have
already made the lists. The Minister has only to approve it and
make the appointments. When we ask the Ministry about the delay,
the only answer they had was that they have to wait till the
Minister returns to the country. Now the Minister is in the
country and also we do not understand why the Deputy Minister
can’t handle things in the absence of the Minister,” he
Dr. Gunasekara further noted that these 750 post interns could
be appointed to hospitals easily since there are adequate
vacancies in Polonnaruwa, Embilipitiya, Anuradhapura and several
other Base Hospitals.
It was said that the Ministry wants to send these 750 post
interns to IDP camps without giving them appointment letters.
Dr. Gunasekara queried how possible it was to send these post
interns to refugee camps in the North and the East when they are
not employed under the Ministry of Healthcare yet.
“Will the Ministry take responsibility for the 750 interns if
something happened to them?”
“We had to force the Ministry to forward a cabinet paper to get
the two doctors who were killed in Batticaloa and Hambantota
respectively compensated despite them being employed by the
Ministry of Health.”
“What will happen to these 750 interns since they are not
employed under the Ministry yet,” he asked.