President then briefly explained how the College came into being in 1992 and its objectives. He said that one of the main objectives was for developing a post graduate course in Medical Administration and establishing it at the PGIM. He mentioned that there were now over 200 MSc qualified and 24 Board Certified Specialists in Medical Administration and we are now in a position to fill all the administrative grade posts in the ministry. He stressed it was now time to look at establishing and ensuring a career structure for them as they could only hope to be recruited for administrative grade posts. He also gave brief description of the activities College intends to conduct this year and hoped Minister will participate as well as support the College in successfully conducting these activities.
He then briefed the Minister about the meeting with the PSC chairmen and its outcome on the issue of Deputy Administrative(DAG) appointments. Hon. Minister instructed DGHS to seek the opinion of the Attorney General as to the interpretation of the Circular on the basic qualification for DAG posts and if no positive outcome immediately to go ahead and amend the Medical Services minute.
Further, the Hon. Minister had a friendly discussion with the members regarding health sector in general and issues pertaining to the medical administrators where several of our members expressed their views. It was agreed that the need of the hour was to look at the future and how management of our health services and the administrative structure of the government health services should be developed to suit the present context and needs.
Thereafter Honorable Minister requested CMASL to meet the representatives of the College of Community Physicians to sort out the issue of Administrative posts.
Secretary of the CMASL, Dr.Sudath K Dharmaratne thanked the Minister for giving a patient hearing to us as well as promising us to sort out the DAG issue and the assurance given to support us in our activities.