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Colombo, Dec 31 (Daily Mirror) -Approximately 600 complaints are lodged annually, involving health staff, including doctors, Health Minister Ramesh Pathirana revealed.

 

He made these remarks at a ceremony held at Peradeniya Teaching Hospital recently.

 

The Health Minister addressed concerns over the consistent influx of complaints related to medical negligence in the health sector. 

 

Expressing his concern, the minister highlighted that this year's complaint figures mirrored those of the previous year, raising questions about the sector's commitment to patient welfare. 

 

During the ceremony, he underscored the pivotal role played by hospital staff, particularly doctors, in delivering quality healthcare. 

 

However, Minister Pathirana pointed out that a thorough analysis of patient complaints had uncovered numerous mistakes, emphasizing the urgent need for heightened dedication from health sector professionals.

 

As the health sector grapples with challenges, Minister Pathirana urged staff to prioritize service to the people and reassess their commitment to ensuring patient well-being.


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  • Free education and doctors Monday, 01 January 2024 03:05 AM

    GMOA (GOMA) will protect culprits. Doctors are all about money now, ethics and patient care flown through the windows. Has been happening for a long time. Then again root cause is politicians, protecting their supporters no matter what! We need a new political culture. JVP is no different.

    Ram Monday, 01 January 2024 04:47 AM

    Appoint a Health Care Ombudsman with a team of support staff to deal with the health complaints as in many developed countries.

    gunadasa kaggoda Monday, 01 January 2024 05:36 AM

    This should not make the Keheliya Fraud investigation put under the carpet.

    Muthupara Monday, 01 January 2024 08:50 AM

    The priority of GMOA to change their recent attitudes and culture of being in Tradeunionism. Their Exco officers are appearing on media talks, or on street or on strike bringing patients lots of misery, inconvenience etc. This mainly caused downfall of medical standards / quality . So GMOA it's upto you to bring back your professional integrity of yours as in past before the Padeniya hooliganism.

    Let the change start from the top layer Monday, 01 January 2024 09:06 AM

    The staff are generally committed to their duties, but they are frustrated when they see the top rung in the department, enjoying financial benefits bringing disrepute to the service, while the nation is tatters.

    Mahinda Monday, 01 January 2024 09:11 AM

    What’s happening about the juggleries that have taken place with inferior medicine ordered and accepted, deleting of important records also ordering or medicines, lack or medicine in certain hospitals island wide…….???. Any dead back regarding your qualified set of scientists and solid team during Covid period who PROVED CREMATION WAS REQUIRED for those who passed away due to even better than all other international bodies who never learnt or even understood of. Are you going to roll the carpet with the new new year or or you’re getting ready to get your rolled your self very soon?

    Mahila Tuesday, 02 January 2024 09:07 PM

    All these happenings are Result of 2004 MAHINDA PERALIYA which encompasses 'Mahinda Chinthana policy' and none other whatsoever!!!???

    Sandy Monday, 01 January 2024 09:39 AM

    Human error happens in every profession .A doctor is not a divine person but just another living being who makes mistakes occassionally. Deliberate misconduct by doctors is a rare occurrence. Politicians who fail most of the time are quick to judge others.

    Sethuka Narigala Monday, 01 January 2024 09:49 AM

    Pin Gon Rambu Polla is still saved by Myna, Pambaya and Ponaya!

    Seat warming Minister Monday, 01 January 2024 02:42 PM

    DO YOU NEED A MINISTER TO MAKE THIS IDIOTIC ANNOUNCEMENT, HE DOES NOT SAY WHAT HE IS PLANNING TO DO ABOUT IT !

    KP Monday, 01 January 2024 03:43 PM

    Yea, make it financially non viable for doctors to work in this country and expect quality go up.

    Rajendra Cholan Tuesday, 02 January 2024 06:39 PM

    I think this will increase in future as the out flux of the medical professionals due to economic woes (specially taxes) will put strain on existing medical professionals. Now less number of doctors attending to more patients, obviously will lead to more unintentional mistakes.


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