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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 - 7:53
Video : Update : Osu Sala to issue free medicine during hospital strike
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The Osu Sala operated under the State Pharmaceutical Corporation has made arrangements to issue drugs to patients free of charge on the prescriptions endorsed by doctors attached to government hospitals.

This remedial measures have been taken to prevent inconveniences faced by patients due to the current Health Unions strike at government hospitals.

Update : Thursday, 28 November 2013 - 3:14 PM

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No injunction against the strike received as yet - say Health Trade Unions

The 48-hour strike launched by the Health Services Trade Union Alliance yesterday is still continuing.

The Union leaders say that they have not yet received a Court ruling supposed to be issued to suspend the strike.

Convener of the Health Services Trade Union Alliance Saman Rathnapriya said that they will continue the strike for a further period of time.

Meanwhile spokesmen of the Colombo National Hospital, Kalubovila Teaching Hospital and Kandy hospital said although the OPD services of the hospitals were affected to certain level, authorities have taken remedial measures to ensure date to day hospital functioning.

Thursday, 28 November 2013 - 12:55 PM
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Nursing, paramedical and auxiliary medical services strike continues.

Nursing, paramedical and auxiliary medical professional services federation convener  Saman Ratnapriya said that the strike launched by the federation would continue today as well.

Colombo District Court issued a ruling yesterday suspending the 48-hour strike launched by the Health Services Trade Union Alliance.

Colombo District Magistrate Pradeep Hettiarachchi issued the order after considering a petition filed by a heart patient who is currently receiving treatment in Ward No.14 of the Colombo National Hospital.

The Magistrate Court informed the 16 striking trade unions not to put the lives of patients at risk.

However  federation convener  Saman Ratnapriya told  our news team that the injunction order issued by court had not yet reached him.

Update : Thursday, 28 November 2013 - 7:50 AM
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Court issues an injunction suspending Health Unions strike

Colombo District Court issued a ruling today suspending the 48-hour strike launched by the Health Services Trade Union Alliance this morning.

Colombo District Magistrate Pradeep Hettiarachchi issued the order after considering a petition filed by a heart patient who is currently receiving treatment in Ward No.14 of the Colombo National Hospital.

The Magistrate Court informed the 16 striking trade unions not to put the lives of patients at risk.

Obtaining a 1000 rupee transport allowance, increasing the over time allowance for preliminary grades up to 200 rupees and obtaining a 4000 rupee communication allowance for first and special grade officers were some of the 6 motives of the strike.

The strike was launched in 650 hospitals and 350 MOH Offices throughout the island but it did not affect the day to day functions of certain hospitals.

However outdoor patients who sought services from the Colombo National Hospital, Anuradhapura and Kandy hospitals were inconvenienced due to the strike.

Meanwhile our news team contacted Health Services Trade Union Alliance Convener Saman Rathnapriya to comment on today’s court ruling over their strike.

He said that he was not aware of a court ruling; and once he receives such a ruling; he said he would discuss the matter with the other partner trade unions and take a decision.

Rathnapriya said however the strike will continue further despite obstacles.



Update : Wednesday, 27 November 2013 - 7:02 PM
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Colombo DC issues an interim order against the health strike

Colombo District court issues an interim order against the 48 hour strike launched by Health Services Trade Union Alliance.

 Wednesday, 27 November 2013 - 3:10 PM
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Health trade unions ready to call off the strike if the demands are met Day today activities of several hospitals including Colombo National hospital normal.

The 48-hour strike launched by the members of the Health Services Trade Union Alliance from 7am this morning is now on.

The Union officials say that their members attached to 650 hospitals and 350 MOH Offices throughout the island are participating the strike.

Among the 6 demands are to obtain 1000 rupees transport allowance, increase the over time allowance for preliminary grades upto 200 rupees and obtain a 4000 rupees communication allowance for first and special grade officers.

Members of 17 health sector trade unions including the Government Nursing Officers Union and the Para-medics Union have participated in the strike today.

Expressing his views about today’s strike, Health Services Trade Union Alliance Convener Saman Rathnapriya said that his union is ready to call off the strike immediately in the event the authorities find them a solution.

When our news team contacted Colombo National Hospital Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe to comment on the impact on the activities of his hospital, he said that the hospital is functioning as usual.

He also said that 90 percent of the nursing staff has reported for duty today.

The strike has not hampered the activities of the Kandy teaching hospital in a severe manner.

A senior spokesperson of the hospital stated that approximately 67% of the nursing staff had reported to work this morning.

However, the activities of the Anuradhapura General Hospital have been hampered due to the strike.

A spokesperson for the hospital stated that approximately two thirds of the nursing staff and paramedics have not reported to work

Despite the strike the activities of the Karapitiya Hospital in Galle is proceeding as normal although the deputy director Dr. Jayampathi Senanayaka stated that laboratory services have been somewhat hindered.

The strike however is not active in several hospitals including the Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital and the Maharagama Cancer Hospital.

Our news team inquired from the deputy minister of health Lalith Dissanayaka regarding this 48 hour strike and the solutions for their demands.


Wednesday, 27 November 2013 - 1:00 PM
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Nursing, paramedical and interim medical services on a 48-hour strike from 7 am

The Nursing, paramedical and auxiliary Medical professional services federation is scheduled to launch a trade union action from seven this morning making six demands.

Federation convener Saman Rathnapriya told our news team that nursing, paramedical and auxiliary medical employees in 650 hospitals island-wide will participate in this strike.

The convener said that as a result of this services such as patient care, laboratory tests, drug dispensing, X-ray  and Scanning would be at a standstill.   

However All Ceylon Nursing Union chairman Gamini Kumaarasinghe expressing his views about it stated that the all Ceylon nursing union has decided not to join this trade union action.
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