Midwives cry for justice – protest near Health Ministry

Midwives cry for justice – protest near Health Ministry

Written by Bella Dalima

29 Jan, 2014 | 9:45 pm

The Midwives Association commenced a protest  opposite  the Ministry of Health on Wednesday. The protest was staged against nurses being provided training on midwifery.

The protestors highlighted a number of issued during their protest. Midwives charge that the Secretary to the Ministry of Health conduced a discussions with all nurses with regard to their salaries. Although the Midwives Association had requested a discussion with the Secretary of the Ministry of Health only the Chairman of the Association was granted admission to the office.

Thus, a protest was staged opposite the office of the Secretary to the Ministry of Health. Newsfirst inquired about this matter from the Ministry of Health.

Responding to our inquiries, Secretary of Ministry of Health, Nihal Jayathilake expressed these views:

“Training nurses in midwifery is not a new thing. It’s been there the last fifty or sixty years. Maybe even longer. Firstly, under no circumstances will the midwives be deprived  of their duty in a labour room. Secondly, we have never promised that all nurses leaving nursing school will be given a training regarding this. We decided to offer the nurses this training under the auspices of the honourable minister, to a group of about 650 nurses.”

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