The Government Nursing Officers’ Association (GNOA) has warned of a protest campaign over the recruitment of persons with inadequate qualifications as nurses in the North and East.
The GNOA has threatened to launch a protest campaign if the recruitment of nurses with A/Level qualifications in Arts and Commerce A/L is not stopped in the North and East.
Head of GNOA, Saman Ratnapriya has told the media that it was unacceptable to lower the minimum educational qualification for the nursing profession. He has said that recruitments should be made from the science stream.
He has explained that Article 7.2.4 of the Nurses Constitution that has been in operation since last November clearly states that nurses should only be recruited after considering the Z score obtained in Bio science, Mathematics and Agricultural science subjects.
Ratnapriya has observed that the Health Ministry had conducted interviews despite objections made in person and in writing, interviews had been carried out inJaffna, Batticaloa and Ampara.
The Ministry’s recruitment is expected to have a negative impact on the national and the international recognition of the nursing profession.