The Ministry of Health states that Nurses including all supplementary medical staff enrolled in future will be required to serve 10 years in their residential area followed by their training.
At present health sector workers are enrolled into service based on a marking scheme.
Subsequent to their training 30% of these individuals are deployed to serve at health institutions which are administered by the central government while the remnant 70% are assi-mi-lated into provincial health institutions.
Issues have cropped up in the health sector owing to employees attempting to obtain transfers from their current locations of service to their residential areas.
According to the Ministry of Health employees attached to the health sector who are unable to obtain their desired transfers, recourse to resignation as a final resort.
Hence the Ministry of Health has decided to make it imperative for health sector employees including nursing & supplementary staff to serve 10 years in their area of residence.
When inquired by our news team Chairman of the Government Nursing Officers Association S.B. Madiwaththa noted that the decision which has been formulated by the Ministry of Health was an attempt to reallocate the responsibilities of the Ministry, to provincial health institutions.