Latest update: Nurses strike and its side effects

Latest update: Nurses strike and its side effects

Written by Staff Writer

05 May, 2014 | 9:44 pm

The Government Nursing Officers Association says that the strike action initiated by them will conclude at 7 a.m. tomorrow.

The President of the GNOA, Saman Ratnapriya said that although they have decided to call off the strike, the Association places no faith in the committee that has been appointed to address the issue.

While two of the nursing unions that initiated the strike action recently have decided to abandon it, the All Ceylon Nurses Union says that they will not abandon the strike.

President of All Ceylon Nurses Union, Gamini Kumarasinghe expressed following views:

“The 2009 batch of nurses for the labour room training programme and clinical training must be allowed to go to the hospitals for these training programmes, which is one of our demands that led to this strike action. The second factor is that all nurses should be allowed to receive labour room training continuously. Until we have written assurances from the Minister of Health, we will continue with this strike action.”

Central Committee Member of GMOA, Dr. Nalinda Herath says the Government Medical Officers Association informed the Ministry of Health to recruit a sufficient number of ward clerks and to entrust the inventory or all the equipment to them, so in the event of a strike, the employees will have the ability to continue working.

He also said: “What has happened now is that they have locked the cupboards and handed over false keys. At the same time they have switched labels of certain medicines. These are actions which endanger the lives of patients and are incidents of criminal negligence. At the same time, for the operating theatres, as in developed countries, we hope to recruit surgical technicians instead of surgical nurses. If so we will be able to continue with surgical services in the event of a strike. At the same time we are hoping to hold discussions with the Secretary of Defence to provide nursing training to all female military personnel.”

Although the Public Service United Nurses union headed by venerable Muruththettue Ananda Thera, announced on Sunday that they would withdraw from the strike action, nurses did not report to work at many hospitals across the country today.

The nurses strike prompted by problems surrounding the granting of labour room training to nurses, continued for a third day on Monday in all hospitals across the country except four.

The Public Service United Nurses Union decided to withdraw from the strike on Sunday following the decision to appoint of a committee headed by Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, to address the persisting issue.

The President of the Union Venerable Muruththettue Ananda Thera said that a small section of the Union’s membership had not reported to work owing to influences by certain individuals.

Patients were severely inconvenienced at hospitals countrywide on Monday as well as a result of this. strike action.Services at most hospitals were carried out by the doctors together with minor staff.

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