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Surgeries at Embilipitiya Hospital come to a halt as consultant anaesthetist leaves

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Life-saving surgeries including caesarean operations at the Embilipitiya District General Hospital have been halted as the only consultant anaesthetist at the hospital had left the hospital without prior notice.

A highly placed source told Daily Mirror Dr Udayanthi Nanayakkara, the consultant anaesthetist had not reported to duty since last Friday (01) and the hospital management had tried to contact her, but she was not contactable.

However, the source said the higher-ups of the hospital had received a WhatsApp message via an unknown number on Monday (04) where it had been written that the consultant would not be reporting to duty. The message was received in the form of a letter. Later, the higher-ups learned that the message had been sent by the parents of the consultant.

Though the higher-ups of the hospital reached the parents to ask for the whereabouts of the daughter (the consultant), the parents had not provided any specific information. Whether she had gone abroad or not is still to be found out.

Due to this development, ICU operations have come to a halt. Furthermore, the patients who are to undergo surgeries like Caesarean sections and complicated surgeries are sent to the Teaching Hospitals in Ratnapura and Karapitiya due to the unavailability of the consultant anaesthetist.

Besides, the hospital management has informed this to the Health Ministry, and it is yet to respond to the matter.

A top health official also said despite the need for two consultant anaesthetists at the Embilipitiya Hospital since it is a District General Hospital, the post of consultant anaesthetist had been vacant for about three months. However, Dr Udayanthi Nanayakkara who joined the hospital two months ago is no more. (Sheain Fernandopulle)


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  • Seriously think about it Wednesday, 06 September 2023 07:42 AM

    These problems are coming again and again because the doctors have been allowed to work as a close profession all along . Nurses and ambulance paramedics must be trained to do doctors work. It was only a few decades ago , anyone other than a doctor administrating an injection was defined as illegal , but now not only the nurses even ordinary people are trained to use injections . This can be extended to surgery and anaesthesia.

    K I Ranjith Wednesday, 06 September 2023 05:42 PM

    Who's going to train them? You?...

    Only well trained, like 6 year training or are carefully supervised should be allowed Thursday, 07 September 2023 07:51 AM

    Maybe you be happy with having nurse do doctor work on your body, but I would rather only have 30 to 50 year old doctor do it. Our other option is get as much AI, or robots to oversea the work of less trained and able staff to let them do medical work under robot or AI supervision. I'd rather a real doctor, but maybe many people here could accept nurse do it, with robot or AI watching their every move and giving the instructions.

    sobers Wednesday, 06 September 2023 08:26 AM

    Missing in Action!

    Mahendra Fernando Wednesday, 06 September 2023 08:48 AM

    Must have finally got the visa. Hope she struggles professionally wherever she goes.

    Something bad could have happened to her Thursday, 07 September 2023 07:48 AM

    Culture here is now generally cruel. Most would not consider that woman who's parents are writing on her behalf might be because she is too unwell to do so. She could have been sexually abused or suffered personal mishap. When AI/robot replace doctors, then we can start get more reliable service. Rather than west country needing cost cutting with wanting to use AI for medical matter, we need it more here, because we are impoverished with not enough doctors.

    Christo255 Wednesday, 06 September 2023 09:00 AM

    Don't blame the government for everything. Blame the unethical doctors as well as GMOA who will keep quiet about these.

    Hadam Wednesday, 06 September 2023 04:22 PM

    Couldn't agree more. This job is so secret money should only be a mere basic necessity. Saving lives should be at the forefront.

    Mila Wednesday, 06 September 2023 09:29 AM

    Heartless people.n They only care about themselves and do not care about the suffering of other people. They become doctors not to help people but to become rich for themselves. These doctors should not be welcomed back to Sri Lanka again, and they will regret someday being in western countries. Noting is going to be there as it is, and war will come there soon. 

    Dharshana Weerasooriya - Businessman Wednesday, 06 September 2023 09:42 AM

    Knowing the facts, President and the Health Minister keeping quiet without taking any prompt actions. It's funny that they are not bothered about the patients only worried about power and commissions.

    Cugan Wednesday, 06 September 2023 09:42 AM

    Where are the morals, bring the military medical professionals

    Dr. W.K.D. Ratnayake Wednesday, 06 September 2023 09:43 AM

    Kehliya, do something immediately without killing the innocent people, otherwise step down immediately giving your seat to Rajitha he will solve the problem right now.

    P.K.R. Peter Fernando (attorney-at-law) Wednesday, 06 September 2023 09:47 AM

    This is very serious, some operations have to be done urgently and if the patient is transferred to another hospital on the way he or she could die. What is the Health Minister Rambukwella doing? Has he gone to India to collect his commission or place another order for qualityless medicines.

    Bathalegala Siripala Wednesday, 06 September 2023 10:06 AM

    Why not Rambukwella do all for his Pin Padi and Pin Bath!

    Punchi Wednesday, 06 September 2023 11:03 AM

    Why do we need this western medicine concept called anaesthetic when a relevant chant from our 2500 year old all powerful and knowledgeable scriptures by a suitably remunerated monk can do the same thing and more effectively

    Janaka Wednesday, 06 September 2023 11:14 AM

    What a shame. If you want to abord, follow the proper process. Such a heartless medical professional. Should cancel her parent's citizenship.

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 06 September 2023 11:31 AM

    It is high time to create more medical schools in the country and to allow foreign educated Sri Lankans to work without further study locally. If JVP or GMOA opposes the move, then make it a criminal offense for the Doctors to leave the country without completing 20 years of service. You cannot have best of everything like free education , free scholardhips outside the country and then leave the country without even serving the minimum period. We want doctors to have a good life but not at the expense of patients lives.

    Racism not allowing dual citizens to be doctors or MPs here anymore Thursday, 07 September 2023 07:52 AM

    Must allow forign citizens to come here. Right now the racists want to only allow full Sri Lankan citizens to practice here. Not even dual citizens. If dual citizen can't be in the parliament, why would they want to come here to help public as doctor, because country betray them, not letting them be in parliament.

    Nimal Wednesday, 06 September 2023 12:24 PM

    These are the wise guys.

    Keheliya Wednesday, 06 September 2023 12:27 PM

    Haven't the Government sent the CID and STF to the Airport to check the passengers leaving the country and stop the Doctor's and other Professionals from leaving. ?

    Cherath Wednesday, 06 September 2023 12:45 PM

    In developed countries one becomes a doctor or a nurse mainly because of the love and desire to help sick people. Not so in underdeveloped countries like Sri Lanka, where being a doctor is mainly to do with breaking social barriers, prestige and getting a licence to be aloof over others, for many(not all). This aneasthatist's conduct is par for the course.

    Ram Wednesday, 06 September 2023 01:18 PM

    Passport provides the profession/occupation. Government must immediately issue a Gazette notice preventing Doctors from leaving unless they provide at the airport a leave authorised letter from the government or letter confirming the Doctor is not a government employee. No letter airport officials to report/hand over the passenger doctor to Police. Unless stringent measures are taken this situation cannot be arrested

    DPerera Wednesday, 06 September 2023 02:00 PM

    When our comrades come to power all the other consultants will also the country

    Modapaha Wednesday, 06 September 2023 02:15 PM

    Can one person handle all?

    Barbers are better paid than doctors Wednesday, 06 September 2023 03:15 PM

    I feel very miserly and cheap when I go to take medicine from a doctor, even paying Rs 750 for GP at his dispensary is uncomfortable., yet when I go to barber for a hair cut I can happily give Rs 400 for the hair cut without any hesitation. I think I am jealous from inside about doctors. I thought to myself

    Kamal Wednesday, 06 September 2023 03:48 PM

    She has to do two person jobs, then working like every day per month either physically or by phone. Will the ministry of health ready to make any amendments to pay extra benefits for the dedication. The answer will be no. They will say no provision for that. And this doctor family will also suffer, especially children.

    Panamure Appuhamy Wednesday, 06 September 2023 04:03 PM

    Politicians can go to private hospitals or go overseas from Pin-Government Money/funds belong to the public. However, public will suffer!

    Calistus Perera Wednesday, 06 September 2023 06:00 PM

    Government service is not slaving for the government and taking the onus of the responsibility for substandard medication and system failures. Three Consultant Anaesthetist have left this place so far apparently. Looks like there are serious system failures at this said hospital which is prompting those who report to flee immediately. No one seem to be concerned about that fact. I wouldn't be surprised if the next person leaves as well. No one talks about workplace burnout in Sri Lanka. Either you ship in or ship out!

    Doctors are humans, not money machines as people interpret Wednesday, 06 September 2023 07:15 PM

    When the work load increases, responsibilities increase without proportional increment in salaries of doctors plus when ungrateful people accuse doctors very often it is understandable that they migrate for a more satisfying life. They are also humans. They deserve a more salary. It s not only salary, there are many aspects to that. When they go to a government office while being busy with their duties it takes ages for that work to be done by the office, it s so disappointing...

    Cassim Wednesday, 06 September 2023 10:13 PM

    Land of promises - very soon we will have AI and Robotic doctors to do the job for us.

    Well wisher and a surgeon Thursday, 07 September 2023 10:53 AM

    Foreign Nationals who have worked as consultants in UK for more than 2 decades are not given registration to come to work in SL! But people will happily pay to get treated by the same doctor in Singapore or in India. Why will anyone want to even attempt to come there? Medical council and Govt need a radical change.

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