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Colombo, Dec.6 (Daily Mirror) - It has come to light that doctors assigned to prison hospitals in Sri Lanka neglected their duties in 2022, working significantly fewer hours than mandated by the Ministry of Health.

This was revealed at the 2022 annual report of the Auditor General.

According to a circular, instructions from the Secretary to the Ministry of Health, doctors in prison hospitals are required to work a minimum of 6 hours a day on weekdays and 4 hours on Saturdays.

However, the report indicates that out of the 33 doctors attached to prison hospitals, only 1,296 man-hours were worked in total for a month, far below the stipulated 4,570 man-hours.

A senior official told Daily Mirror that the Ministry of Health would look into the matter in order to determine the reasons behind this gross negligence and to take appropriate action against those responsible for the violation of work hours.

Meanwhile, the report highlights that the total number of individuals who registered with the Bureau and left for employment in 2022 was 311,046.

Among them, a substantial 183,649 individuals (60%) took up roles as domestic workers, semiskilled, and nonskilled workers. Besides, 14,307 and 40,174 individuals left for jobs in professional and skilled categories, respectively.

The reasons for the unexpected surge in migration for work could be multifaceted. This suggests a shift in the employment landscape due to the downfall of the economy last year.


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  • Ranjith Kappatipola Wednesday, 06 December 2023 07:15 AM

    Must be Russian qualified doctors. They should only allowed to work in prisons due low skill levels.

    Is seeking greener pasture wrong? Wednesday, 06 December 2023 07:29 AM

    These economic refugees, who have a strong reason to move way to greener pastures. Anything wrong with it? The nation will be the ultimate loser due to brain drain and brawn drain. We need the new young generation to supplement this short fall. Only rogues will not move away.

    Sunil Wednesday, 06 December 2023 08:16 AM

    Hold a disciplinary inquiry and fire them or fine them heavily or send them on punishment transfer for 3 years to the most remote village.Only tough action will discipline these suckers of public money.I have noticed even in National Hospital, some specialists get late to come after working in private hospitals.

    ruwan Wednesday, 06 December 2023 10:07 AM

    wow.. you just landed here?

    Ram Wednesday, 06 December 2023 12:06 PM

    They must be running to do private practice work. Pay them for the hours worked or charge them for dereliction of duty

    Insufficient salary Wednesday, 06 December 2023 10:09 PM

    I feel that the salary given to doctors is not enough, they deserve more than this for sure...


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