Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has instructed the Ministry Secretary to suspend the salaries of all doctors and nurses who did not report to their respective service stations on transfer.

A Health Ministry spokesman said Senaratne had informed the Health Secretary to take disciplinary action against all Hospital Directors who do not release doctors and nurses who had received transfers. In addition, the funds given to their (Directors’) hospitals for development activities will be halted and obtaining marks for their administrative skills when receiving promotions will also be affected if they do not release the relevant doctors and nurses who had received transfers.

During the recent Provincial Health Ministers’ Summit held in Colombo, all provincial health authorities spoke on the hardships faced by them due to lack of adequate health staff.

This was due to the doctors and nurses who had been transferred not accepting their transfers and not reporting to their due stations.

Minister Senaratne took the decision after considering this situation, he said.

He promised to provide a CT Scanner to every main hospital in each Province governed by the respective Provincial Council.

The Bandarawela District Hospital will be developed as a Base Hospital at a cost of Rs. 485 million with foreign aid, he added.

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