ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry has recalled retired doctors for services after hundreds of doctors have left the country after an unprecedented economic crisis and some IMF-led reforms like tax hikes.
The island nation’s health sector is in a crisis due to lack of resources in the face of economic crisis and brain drain of health workers, local media have reported.
“We have offered this. At the moment I don’t know how many want to accept it,” Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told EconomyNext.
Many hospital across the country has faced shortage of doctors after some consultants left the country, seeking for greener pasture.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe government reduced the retirement age of state employees including of doctors to 60 from 65 to trim a bloated public sector.
However, the decision was later reversed only for specialist doctor after the sector faced shortage.
Thousand of Sri Lankans have left the country since it declared sovereign debt default in April last year.
Later, many doctors left after the government imposed heavy tax on income, citing that their compensation was inadequate. (Colombo/September 24/2023)