Health Ministry urges doctors to spend a minimum of 10 minutes with patients

16 April 2019 - 375   - 1

The Health Ministry has decided to issue a gazette notification stating that consultant doctors must spend a minimum of 10 minutes with patients from this month onwards.

Accordingly, a special time monitoring machine would be installed outside each room of consultant doctors at national hospitals to determine the time spent with the patient. Private hospitals too are expected to follow suit upon publishing the gazette.

Initially, consultant doctors had objected to this new regulation by claiming that seven minutes would suffice in order to treat a patient.

However, following talks with Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, an agreement was arrived to spend 10 minutes with a patient, the Health Ministry said.

(Reporting by Damith Wickramasekara)

  Comments - 1

  • Shanthan Wednesday, 17 April 2019 07:17 AM

    Good move by the Government.

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