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* Government to seek legal action against Sri Lankan doctors working overseas
Thursday, January 15, 2009, 15:22 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka government is planning to seek court assistance to charge the doctors who are currently abandoning their agreements and working abroad.

Dr. Terence De Silva, Deputy Health Director of the Health Ministry said the government has taken this decision to prevent the migration of Sri Lankan doctors to other countries.

According to the agreement with the Health Ministry doctors who wish to leave the country for foreign employment must pay Rs. 800,000 to the government as compensation while those who leave for scholarships should pay Rs. 2.5 million, Dr. De Silva said.

A large number of Sri Lankan doctors are currently working in foreign hospitals, the Ministry says.

Each year doctors who receive free university education head to the UK, Australia and other countries to complete their training to become specialists but not all of them return. With the salaries they earn in developed countries they have no problem of paying the bond and stay on.

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