The Sri Lanka Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists warned the Helth Ministry against issuing a circular that would stop the salaries of medical laboratory technologists, who are covering all duties assigned to them. The General Secretary of the SLAMLT Ravi Kumudesh said yesterday that the Health Ministry had no authority to execute such a plan.
In a letter to the Director General Health Services (DGHS), he stated that they would legally challenge such a circular. `It would also defy the credibility of the DGHS post,` he said.
Kumudesh said that circular TA4/18/2004 issued on 2005.02.28, which increased the government expenditure over Rs. 1,000,000, had thrown the MLT service into turmoil. `It has also violated the rights of MLTs, and those MLTs
who have trained on a district wise basis to serve the population in their respective districts,` the Secretary said. Most of all, he said it has violated the rights of patients by depriving them of the equal right to obtain free laboratory services.
Kumudesh said that the Ministry would have to think twice before implementing anymore ludicrous circulars with the hope of forcing MLTs to go on strike in order to find excuses to hand over the laboratory services to the private sector. (DJ)