Midwives cry foul – GMOA says efforts being made to destroy the service

Midwives cry foul – GMOA says efforts being made to destroy the service

Written by Staff Writer

16 Jan, 2014 | 9:15 pm

Members of the Government Midwifery Service Union gathered in Colombo on Thursday to stage a demonstration against the decision to provide midwifery training to nurses.

 The Government Midwifery Service Union charges that 50% of the students who have completed their training at nursing schools began training in midwifery on Thursday. The union points out that activities that take place during pregnancy, when giving birth and post pregnancy period take centre stage in the activities of a midwife.

Following the demonstration, several trade union representatives met with the secretary to the Ministry of Health and handed over a letter highlighting their issues.

Thereafter the demonstrators marched to the Presidential Secretariat’s Office. Thereafter,  several trade union members were given the opportunity to hand over a letter highlighting their concerns to the Presidential Secretariat.

They noted that a senior assistant secretary engaged in discussions with them and accepted their letter on behalf of the president.

Meanwhile, the Government Medical Officers Association notes that this is an effort to destroy the midwifery service in Sri Lanka. Issuing a media release, the secretary to the Ministry of Health, Dr. Nihal Jayathilake noted that midwives will not be removed from midwifery training,  adding that no policy decision has been made to provide midwifery training to nurses.

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