800 doctors on the list to go abroad



A total of 785 doctors who have completed Doctor of Medicine (MD) are pegged to leave for foreign training in the coming months, the media has reported.

It has triggered concerns whether they will return in the current context after completion of their training to be consultants.

According to reliable sources, a total of 822 doctors are currently undergoing training in foreign countries while 632 are preparing for the MD exam.

According to the current situation in the country, the probability of all 822 doctors returning is very low, a senior health official has told the media.

However, plans are afoot to take steps to retain the existing doctors and medical specialists.

According to the Ministry of Health, in 2022, Sri Lanka had approximately 20,000 serving doctors and around 2,800 consultants.

Source – Daily Mirror


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