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* Doctors' association in Sri Lanka warns of possible closure of blood banks in several local hospitals
Mon, Dec 16, 2013, 08:59 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 16, Colombo: An association of state doctors in Sri Lanka has warned of the possibility of closing blood banks in several local hospitals.

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has said that blood banks in several hospitals are facing the risk of closure due to an alleged arbitrary decision made by the head of the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS).

GMOA Secretary, Dr. Saman Abeywardena said that the NBTS in violation of decisions made by the Health Ministry has decided to hold on to service reports of doctors serving in blood banks in hospitals in the country.

He explained that the move has caused delays in the payment of salaries, overtime allowances, service allowances to doctors and many other issues along with problems in doctors' service transfers.

The GMOA has stated that a discussion on the matter has already been held with the Director General of Health Services, Dr. P.G. Mahipala.

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