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Increasing vacancies with emerging hospitals

NHS nurses to number 75,000 soon: Minister

The government has planned to increase the number of nurses in the National Health Service (NHS) to at least 75,000; Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told the Daily News.

He said that this has been planned in order to meet the nursing vacancies that would arise at the new hospitals and healthcare centres that are being set up in the country.

The minister said that at present, 8,000 people are undergoing nursing training at government nursing schools. He added that steps are also being taken to recruit 3,000 trainee nurses shortly.

Minister Dr. Senaratne said that there is a shortage of 2,000 family health nurses. He said that steps were being taken to recruit 850 trainee family health officers as well.

Those applying should have followed the G.C.E. (A.L.) Science stream in the years 2015, 2016, and 2017, Dr. Senaratne said. He said the construction of the proposed Sri Jayawardenepura University Nursing Faculty has been sped up, adding that it would cost Rs.105 billion. “Hospitals in Meerigama, Aluthgama, Rikillagaskada, Mahiyanganaya, Kalawana, Walasmulla, Padaviya, Kalpitiya, Medirigiriya, Dharga, Sammanthurai, Pottuvil, and Eravur are being provided with modern medical facilities at a cost of Rs.13 billion with financial assistance from the Chinese government,” the minister added.

The Panadura Base Hospital is being renovated with funds of Rs.22 billion provided by the German government, while the Dambulla Base Hospital is being renovated with Rs.14 billion of financial assistance from the French government, he said.

The Embilipitiya Base Hospital is also being renovated with funds of Rs.12 billion provided by the French government. The French government has also provided financial support of Rs.5 billion to develop the De Soysa Hospital for Women, Minister Dr. Senaratne added.

He added that the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital is being upgraded at a cost of Rs.8 billion with financial assistance provided by the Government of the Netherlands.


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