Strike disrupts services at maternal and paediatric clinics

Strike disrupts services at maternal and paediatric clinics

Strike disrupts services at maternal and paediatric clinics

Written by Staff Writer

05 Apr, 2014 | 10:06 am

The functioning of many maternal and paediatric clinics have been disrupted due to the strike action launched by the midwifery officers.

Our area correspondents said that the situation has seriously affected the vaccination of children and the primary health services provided to the expecting mothers.

The strike action launched by the midwifery officers countrywide is continuing into its fourth day today.

They commenced the strike action in protest of the decision taken by the Ministry of Health to provide midwife training to nurses.

Explaining details on their strike action President of the Sri Lanka Government Midwives Association Devika Kodituwakku said that the Ministry of Health has so far failed to make any call to resolve the issue.

However,  according the the president they have received a reply to the letter sent to Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena in this regard which reads that he will he will take required steps to solve the matter.

President of the Sri Lanka Government Midwives Association Devika Kodithuwakku said that they expect the Minister to take a fair decision as soon as possible for the general public of the country.

However, Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. Nihal Jayatillake said recently that no matter how much of
influence is exerted by the trade unions, they will not revoke the decision taken to give midwife training to the nurses belonging to the 2009 B Group.

He further said that this decision was put into action based on a recommendation made by the ministerial committee that was appointed to look into the matter.

Chairman of the Government Nursing Officers Association Saman Rathnapriya said that disturbances to the Mid-wife training is continuing to take place.

Media Spokesperson of the Government Medical Officers Association Dr. Naveen De Soysa clarifying the opinion of the GMOA in this regard said that there is no mention about a joint nurse-mid wife position in the Medical Act of Sri Lanka.

He further said that therefore doctors cannot provide for an unofficial position nor can that provide an unofficial service.

He further questioned what good it will do the country by forcibly attempting to give midwife training to nurses who are due to pass out when there is already a shortage of 7000 nurses in the country.

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