Hospitals countrywide affected as nursing officers launch strike

Hospitals countrywide affected as nursing officers launch strike

Written by Staff Writer

03 May, 2014 | 10:54 am

Activities in a number of hospitals in many areas in the country have been hampered as a result of the strike action launched by the Government Nurses Union.

The nursing officers are engaged in this countrywide trade union action after talks which was held between the family health workers, nursing officers and the Health Minister Friday afternoon on providing midwives training to the nurses, ended without a result.

Chairman of the Govt Nursing Officers Union Saman Rathnapriya stated that even though the strike is on they will provide their assistance to emergency services. The strike action has been taking place at the national hospital since Saturday morning.

Our correspondent stated that the nurses were remaining in the hospitals dressed in casual attire instead of uniforms. Meanwhile, the Deputy Director of the Jaffna General Hospital, stated that a nursing staff in excess of 390 are currently engaged in the strike action.

He added that even though they will provide assistance for the emergency services, the daily clinics, OPD services and in-house treatment have been hampered.

Meanwhile the government medical officers association and the family health officers association stated that they will provide their utmost assistance for the Hospital activities to be carried out without a disruption.

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