A discussion was held yesterday between the Government Medical Officials’ Association and the Minister of Health with regard to obtaining the proposed transportation allowances for doctors.
Engaging in a conversation with our News Team, Member of the Media Committee of the Government Medical Officials’ Association Dr. Nalin Ariyaratne expressed views with regard to the decisions which were taken at this discussion.
The Government Nursing Officials’ Association held a protest yesterday in front of the Ministry of Health based on 12 demands.
Expressing views with this regard, the Chairman of the Government Nursing Officials’ Association Saman Ratnapriya stated that this protest was a success.
Meanwhile, the discussions held with health authorities with regard to the strike launched by para-medicals yesterday were unsuccessful.
A ministry spokesman stated that the para-medicals had departed from the discussions when the Minister had expressed agreement to all their proposals except one.
The spokesman stated that they had thus gone away from the discussions when the ministry had agreed to provide an opportunity for them to have a discussion with Finance Ministry Secretary day-after-tomorrow since the Health Ministry was unable to take a decision with regard to the salary issue.
However, the Health Ministry said that in view of the para-medicals' strike arrangement has been made from yesterday to enable the public to obtain medicines free of charge from State pharmacies belonging to the State Pharmaceutical Corporation for prescriptions issued by Government hospitals.
The Ministry spokesman said that free medicines could thus be obtained from State pharmacies till the strike was over.
However, our news team inquired from the General Secretary of the Para-medical United Federation Saman Jayasekera with regard to the discussion held yesterday.