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New vehicle pass for doctors


Sunday, 16 June 2013 - 11:58 AM SL Time




The Health Ministry has introduced a new vehicle pass for doctors to prevent passes from being misused. The previous vehicle pass issued to doctors by hospitals was misused on various occasions. Doctors` vehicle car passes had been found pasted on lorries transporting sand, van and cab services and three wheelers, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, the Government Medical Officers` Association (GMOA) held discussions with Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena in connection with the issue and as a result, the ministry made arrangements to issue a new pass. Only one pass will be issued per doctor. This will prevent passes from being misused.

The new pass and the relevant gazette notification will be sent to the Inspector General of Police by Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Mahipala in order to prevent misuses. The police will take legal action if the pass is misused by the persons who own it. `Earlier, the Police was unable to take action even if they found a doctors` pass pasted on three wheelers etc,` he said.

`Minister Maithripala instructed Dr. Mahipala to inform the police about the new pass and its restrictions,` he added.



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