The medical profession in Sri Lanka is affected by a severe dearth of doctors. The country needs at least another 3,000 doctors.
Most doctors do not wish to serve in difficult areas. Even in the Badulla district, due to the shortage of gynaenacologists some operations have to be postponed, said Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva after issuing letters of appointment 350 doctors who had completed their internships. The event was held at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.
Minister de Silva said that even though the Health Ministry had been able to detail doctors to needy areas, these doctors had been asking for transfers to other hospitals after serving a few months. Referring to channel practice, he said that although channel practice had been prohibited for doctors during official working hours, some doctors ignore this. Some doctors attached to Elpitiya and Pelmadulla areas had been caught red-handed as they had had been doing channel practice during working hours.
He nsaid that the doctors who were caught had been transferred to North and East and the Health Ministry Flying Squad had been instructed to intensify raids.
Health Ministry Additional Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayatilaka and Health Services Director General Dr. Athula Kahadaliyanage also participated in the event.