Hospitals affected again as Professions Supplementary to Medicine commence strike

Hospitals affected again as Professions Supplementary to Medicine commence strike

Written by Staff Writer

06 May, 2014 | 9:38 pm

The Government Nursing Officers Association and the Public Service United Nurses Union stated that the strike action they initiated several days ago was abandoned on Tuesday morning.

However, on Monday the All Ceylon Nurses Union noted that they would continue with their strike action. Meanwhile, the Joint Council of Professions Supplementary to Medicine launched a strike in three provinces on Tuesday citing several demands.

Our reporters say that this strike too affected several hospitals.

The Joint Council of Professions Supplementary to Medicine launched a strike action from 8 a.m. Tuesday at hospitals in the North, North Central and Eastern Provinces.

The General Secretary of the Joint Council, Saman Jayasekera says that 1100 officials representing five professions are participating in the strike.

The strike was launched citing demands including the granting of promotions to first and special grades which have not been granted over the past eight years, establishing a quality private healthcare service, the implementation of proposals submitted to the Ministry of Health and the reversal of cutbacks to university healthcare degrees.

Laboratory services, pharmaceutical services, X-Rays and scans, physiotherapy and chiropractic treatments have been affected by this strike action.

General Secretary of Joint Council of Professions Supplementary to Medicine, Saman Jayasekera expressed the following views,

“It is disappointing that the authorities have not initiated a proper programme. Thereby, we have informed the Health Ministry that if these issues are not resolved during the course of the day, we have 1400 officials stationed at all hospitals in the North-Western, Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces who will also join this strike action.”

Meanwhile, two nurses unions agreed on Tuesday morning to abandon the nurses strike that has been continuing over the past several days. However, the All Ceylon nurses Union noted that they will continue with the strike until their demands are fulfilled.

Meanwhile, President of All Ceylon Nurses Union, Gamini Kumarasinghe made the following comments.

“They have abandoned their strike action without winning any of their demands, without reaching an agreement and without obtaining any written promise from the Ministry of Health. They have betrayed the nurses struggle. Thereby, we have decided to continue with this strike action.”

Meanwhile, tensions flared at the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital, when the President of the Government Nursing Officers Association, Saman Ratnapriya, arrived to meet members of the union. “

Although the nurses strike has been abandoned by two of the main unions, the nurses of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital did not report to work on Tuesday. Today too, services at the hospital were carried out by doctors and minor staff.

Director of Kurunegala Teaching Hospital , Dr. Palitha D. Yapa said: “The strike has been continuing for more than a week now in the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital. Even now, several days have passed with no emeregency services. However, the doctors, specialists and all other staff at the hospital are executing these duties. At present about 800 to 900 patients are receiving in-house treatment. “

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