Acting chief medical officer of Welikada prison hospital Dr. Nirmali Thenuwara has been ordered transferred at the request of 19 doctors of the hospital, to Colombo National Hospital. Health minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne issued the order today (18) to director general of health services Dr. Jayasundara Bandara.
On sick leave, the group of doctors came to the ministry and met with the minister and handed him over a report containing 26 instances of gross misconduct by Dr. Thenuwara. They sought an investigation, through the CID, into the allegations against her. Accordingly, the DG of health services will send a letter to the IGP, asking for an investigation.
Dr. J.K. Malwattage is due to be appointed the new acting CMO of the prison hospital. The minister also instructed officials to fill the vacancy in 2018, and to expedite the handover of a report by the ministry into the conduct of doctors of this hospital.