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* Over 10,000 health workers to get appointments in Sri Lanka health service
Tue, Dec 17, 2013, 12:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will handover appointment letters to 10,400 health service personnel at a function to be held at the Sugathadasa indoor Stadium today.

According to Minister of Health Maithreepala Sirisena, 6,025 nurses, 1,990 doctors for paramedic services and 2,000 nurses who have completed their training will get their appointments from the President.

With the new appointments, country's nursing cadre will be increased to 36,000 personnel, the Minister said, adding that his Ministry expects to increase the number of nurses in the state sector to 50,000.

This is the first time such a large number of personnel are being recruited to the health sector, the Minister noted.

Meanwhile a new batch of 17,000 nurses will be admitted to the nursing schools throughout the country, a Ministry official said.

However, a health sector trade union recently alleged that the government has decided to reduce the number of nurses in the state hospitals to 20,105.

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