Though the required cadre of doctors is expected to be filled by 2010, the government will continue to recruit all MBBS graduates for the state service, Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said adding that Sri Lanka is the only country in the world that provides employment to every MBBS graduates when they pass out from the Medical College.
Almost all other countries do not provide free education like Sri Lanka and hence a medical student has to incur a heavy expenditure to become a doctor. They must find employment in the private sector after the graduation, he said.
Minister de Silva was speaking at a ceremony held at the Maharagama Youth Services Council Auditorium to give away appointment letters to 900 MBBS graduates who had completed their post internship training.
The government considers the public sector as the equal partners of the Engine of Growth with the private sector and would never take steps to weaken the public service as done by the previous UNP regime, he stressed.
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Minister Jayarathna Herath, Health Ministry Secretary Dr. S. Athula Kahandaliyanage and Additional Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayatilaka were also present at the ceremony.