Nurses still await
documents to reach PSC
By Kushali Atukorale
Government Nurses Officers’ Union (GNOU) alleged
that the Health Ministry has violated a Supreme
Court order by delaying to provide the documents of
Advance Nurses Training course to the Public Service
Commission (PSC) before March 2.
Supreme Court gave a month’s time (from February 2)
for the Health Ministry to provide the needful.
GNOU Convenor Saman Rathnapriya told The Nation that
the training has been halted for the past six months
and it was due to the lapses in administration at
the Health Ministry.
“It is a very essential training for the nurses. The
duration of the course is one and half years and the
training for the selected 1,227 nurses was started
on April 21, 2008. But it continued only for a
couple of months as the PSC ordered the Health
Ministry Secretary to discontinue the classes as
they have failed to submit the documents to the PSC
before starting the course,” he said.
Rathnapriya further said the nurses are suffering
presently due to administrative lapses and
irresponsibility of the Ministry officials although
they are very much aware of the procedure.
“This is not the first time the Health Ministry has
shown its administrative lapses as everyday there is
something or the other but at least the officials
should know to respect the court order and provide
the necessary document without any delay so that the
course could be started before delaying it more,” he
Meanwhile, Ministry spokesman commenting on the
issue said the Health Ministry has taken all the
steps to provide the needed documents to the PSC.