The Health Ministry has banned with immediate effect the sending of patients out to private laboratories when government hospitals have their own. Several instances have been reported where employees for personal benefit detail patients to private labs thereby further inconveniencing the helpless public. Minister Maithripala Sirisena examined all laboratories of the Colombo National Hospital was able to find out that the Hospital had been provided all the necessary facilities to conduct all laboratory tests. Health Services Director General Dr. Ajith Mendis pointed out this to the Minister. Under these circumstances, the Minister ordered officials to immediately ban the direction of patients to Private laboratories. Accordingly the related circular is to be issued to all Hospital next week. He also instructed officials to submit a report if there were any shortcomings in Laboratory facilities in Government Hospitals.