Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake and six other civil society activists today requested the Health Ministry to transfer Acting Chief Medical Officer of Welikada Prison Nirmalie Thenuwara after she transferred former Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga and former Director General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, Anusha Palpita to the Prison hospital.
In a letter to the Secretary of the Ministry, they said the actions of the Acting CMO regarding the transfer of Weerathunga and Palpita soon after the entered prisons to the prison hospital was against procedure and highly problematic.
Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, Executive Director of CHR, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon , Human rights lawyer and former IUSF convener Udul Premaratne , former Secretary of Nursing Officers' Association of the Colombo Remand Prison, Mahinda Kodagoda, Secretary of the Committee for Protecting Rights of Prisoners, Attorney at Law, Senaka Perera, Attorney at Law Namal Rajapakshe and journalist Kasun Pussawela are signatories of the letter.
They further state that when an individual, sentenced to rigorous imprisonment, arrives at the prison he or she is given a prisoner ID. Then the prisoner is sent to the medical center of the prison after his or her photograph is taken. However Thenuwara has met the two men before they were even issued a prisoner ID and transferred them to prison hospital.
"Such an incident has not taken place in Sri Lankan history. Because of the significant criticism leveled at this move the two men were not admitted to Prison Hospital but Thenuwara remained in prison hospital till 9 PM. However she reported for duty the following day before working hours and transferred prisoners V 18069 and V 18068 to the prison hospital. This is a gross violation of established procedure," the letter read.
After the Minister of Prison Reforms issued a directive stating that at least three doctors need to certify the health of a person before they are transferred to the prison hospital, Dr. Thenuwara has teamed up with three other Drs. Tirani, Sujeewa and Waruna Jayathilake to manipulate this directive.
"Dr. Thenuwara has received transfer orders to the Colombo National Hospital this year however this order has not been implemented due to the influence of a trade union and the mediation of an official, who is connected to South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM). Given her behaviour and her lack of qualifications to hold such a position, we ask you to transfer Dr. Thenuwara from the Prison Hospital," the statement read.
Sambo Monday, 11 September 2017 02:34 PM
Remember politicians are not sent to prison but to prison hospitals. That's how the law works in Sri Lanka.
Lord Wolfstein Monday, 11 September 2017 03:28 PM
Now in Sri Lanka not only foreign judges are needed but also foreign prison doctors.
Amanda Monday, 11 September 2017 06:50 PM
This highly corrupted doctor need to be transfered immediately with a show cause stating why she should not be suspended or otherwise punished for her role in regard. via DM Android App
gamini Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:44 AM
this is what the GMOA/SLMC wants and talk of high standards of medical profession.Her license to practice should be cancelled
Gestapo Monday, 11 September 2017 07:24 PM
Very good Dy.Min.Ranjan R for your justifiable action. Let uncorrupted parliamentarians follow you if they have backbones.
Upul Monday, 11 September 2017 07:35 PM
It is very hard to find a person in SL who does his or her duties according to the rules and regulations. They all are quite used to bribes and other favours and gives no respect or dignity for their profession. This is a pathetic situation but it happens in everywhere in SL.
SerouSena Monday, 11 September 2017 07:55 PM
Time to sack Hon. Minister Ranjan for doing too good of a job and showing that this "Yahapalanaya" is nothing but in truth is a Yakagei Palanaya.
Devil Monday, 11 September 2017 08:00 PM
Yes. Trasfer them to hell
Raj Monday, 11 September 2017 08:37 PM
Very disappointed to see high profile prisoners are always treated differently from other normal prisoners. This culture has to be stopped. Please treat all the prisoners equally. We have a long way to go
weera Monday, 11 September 2017 08:52 PM
Wonder how much Acting CMO received for doing this?
predictor Monday, 11 September 2017 08:51 PM
What ever the reason politician cant decide about government servants transfer. This is a violation of establishment code. via DM Android App
thilak Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:45 AM
so according to oyur establishment code, you guys can do anyting and get away with it???
dp Monday, 11 September 2017 09:23 PM
Ranjan..good job, but BEWARE! Arjun may bump you off at any moment..because he is in line next..
Senewi Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:29 AM
But Ranjan evaded the COPE committee on Arjun's Central bank bond scam
Hewa Monday, 11 September 2017 10:30 PM
This is Sri Lanka Prison!
kondaya77 Monday, 11 September 2017 10:43 PM
Ranil will intervene and inquiry will go on for months and he will say 'soon' we will come to a conclusion.Gutless with no common sense !
VJ Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:19 AM
There is enough cause to fire this official, a mere transfer will only relocate the problem.
Ravi Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:27 AM
After MR, most richest (person) CMO in the country.
Sharon Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:35 AM
You are not heard by your own government Ranjan. How much have you shouted.... Just nothing has happened.
sunil Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:46 AM
did'nt see a word of protest from GMOA the so called bastion of medial profession when their profession is tarnished by one of their own member
bandara Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:47 AM
they had diabetes and were leading a normal life at home, but when found guilty they need hospitalization
C.A. Lee Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:53 AM
Henchpersons still backing evil regime is the on going problem.
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