Written by Staff Writer
18 Apr, 2014 | 1:58 pm
The Government Medical Officers Association charges that the nurses attached to the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital are not providing labour room equipment to family health workers, thereby putting the patients at risk.
The Association’s Spokesperson Dr. Naveen de Soyza said that the director of the hospital has not taken any administrative decision regarding the matter yet.
Dr. Naveen de Soyza expressed following views,
“ The Children’s and Maternity Ward of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital is currently facing a huge crisis. this is because the nurses attached to the hospital have hampered the activities of the midwives receiving the equipment required in the labour room. “
He added: “This is viewed as an attempt to chase away the midwives serving at hospitals. The Government Medical Officers Association has been notified of this situation and the problems faced when executing the duties of a midwife. However, no administartive action has been taken by the hospital’s director yet.”
However, speaking to news1st Director of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital Dr. Palitha D. Yapa said that the Midwives should work as per the instructions of the chief nurse.
However, he said that the midwives are taking steps to maintain a separate log book without reporting to the chief nurse. Dr. Palitha D. Yapa added that this is illegal and added that the problem at hand cropped up owing to the haphazard decision of the midwives.
He further reiterated that no trade union action could be resorted to, in respect of the decision taken by the nurses attached to the hospital.
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