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Shortage of medical officers: GMOA says inequalities cause shortages

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) raised concerns over the inequality of distribution of medical
officers in the country.
Accordingly, proper transfers for medical officers had not been performed during the past
five years.
Speaking to The Morning, GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Naveen De Zoysa stressed that there has not been a proper
transferring system for the doctors during the past few years and as a result, there was an inequality of the
distribution of doctors in each district, especially in rural areas.
“Earlier, there was an appointment system for doctors under the North and East transfers/appointments, to which
the post-interns would be appointed or transferred for a period of one year. Once that one year period is completed,
the respective doctor is entitled to a transfer to any other hospital under the annual transfers list,” he said, adding
that the implementation of the system had been stopped under the previous Government, resulting in some areas
not meeting the required number of doctors.
However, the GMOA in a recent meeting held with the Secretary to the Ministry of Health had proposed to replace
the North and East list with the difficult areas list to appropriately distribute medical officers to each district,
respectively.
Dr. Zoysa said the Ministry at the discussion agreed to implement the proper transferring systems.
By Maheesha Mudugamuwa