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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 asserted.

Meanwhile, Ministry spokesman commenting on the issue said the Health Ministry has taken all the steps to provide the needed documents to the PSC.