Strike halts provision of medication, lab tests and X-rays at General Hospital

Strike halts provision of medication, lab tests and X-rays at General Hospital

Strike halts provision of medication, lab tests and X-rays at General Hospital

Written by Staff Writer

29 Jul, 2015 | 12:57 pm

Professions Supplementary to Medicine and other trade unions engaged in a strike on Wednesday, citing several reasons including the delay in presenting the Cabinet bill on promotions and the failure to provide the special allowance.

The strike action commenced at 8 a.m. at the National Hospital in Colombo. General Secretary of the Joint Trade Union Federation of Professions Supplementary to Medicine, Saman Jayasekara said that 14 professions connected to medical laboratories, technology, physiotherapy and herbal medicine will be a part of this strike.

Accordingly, the unions have decided to temporarily halt the provision of medication, lab tests, X-ray scans and ECG scans at the General Hospital in Colombo during the course of the day, inconveniencing many patients severely. Jayasekara said, however, that volunteers will be assigned for emergency services.

When News 1st made inquiries from the secretary to the Ministry of Health D.M.D. Dissanayaka earlier in the day, he said that they have taken the necessary steps to ensure that the problems faced by these professions are resolved.

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