Update : Video: Crisis at Baduraliya hospital ends
The Health Ministry says that the treatment of patients that had been at a standstill at the Baduruliya hospital during the past five days will recommence from today.
A communiqué the Ministry issued said that the GMOA had expressed its agreement to this.
A discussion relevant to this was held yesterday.
Deputy Health Minister Lalith Dissanayake, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama, Western Province Health Minister Jagath Angagey, Health Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayatilleke as well as GMOA officials participated in the discussion.
At this meeting the groups that had caused the clashes triggering the incident asked pardon from the Medical Officials for their behavior.
Similarly the health Ministry said that the police agreed to assure the safety of the hospital staff including the doctors.
While a person recently admitted to the Baduruliya hospital for treatment died, the deceased person’s relatives charged that the patient had died as a result of doctors not treating the patient properly.
Subsequently they also staged a protest in front of the hospital.
Based on this the Baduruliya Doctors refrained from patient treatment duties saying that the protest was an insult to them.
Subsequently UNP MP Paalitha Thevarapperuma launched a fast as well requesting the reopening of the Baduruliya hospital.
Yesterday ruling party representative National Freedom Front Baduruliya Divisional Councillor Priyantha Bellana too joined the fast.
Update : Friday, 27 December 2013 - 8:04 ------------------------------------------ NFF also joins Thevarapperuma's protest
A Government coalition NFF Baduraliya Pradeshiya Sabha member Priyantha Bellana also joined the protest started by UNP MP Palitha Tevarapperuma demanding the re-opening of the Baduraliya hospital today.
Shops in Baduraliya town were closed today in support of the protest stared yesterday.
In addition, Matugama Baduraliya private bus operators also withdrew from service today in support of the protest.
A tense situation was erupted in Baduraliya town when Colombo South DIG Sumith Edirisinghe attempted to disperse the crowd yesterday night.
Later MP Palitha Teverapperuma and Walallavita Pradeshiya Sabha member were admitted to hospital in critical condition.
Update : Thursday, 26 December 2013 - 07:55 PM ------------------------------------------- UNP MP Paalitha Thevarapperuma on the fast unto death still.
The fast-unto-death Kalutara District UNP MP Paalitha Thevarapperuma launched yesterday demanding the reopening of the Baduruliya Hospital continues.
Along with the MP Valallaavita Divisional Council Opposition Leader and another councilor launched a fast-unto-death in front of the Baduruliya Hospital last noon.
On this occasion residents too participated in the protest forcing the authorities to reopen the hospital soon.
However last night the police intervened to remove the protesters.
Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that action had been taken to disperse the protesters as they were a hindrance to the public.
The Baduruliya residents staged a protest recently against the death of a person admitted to the Baduruliya hospital.
Subsequently a group which came to the hospital premises also charged that the hospital employees had not provided proper treatment.
Based on this incident the doctors and other hospital employees closed the Baduruliya hospital and refrained from health service activities from the night of 21st this month alleging that the doctors and staff had been insulted by this incident.
Update : Thursday, 26 December 2013 - 8:04 ------------------------------------------------ UNP MP Palitha Thevarapperuma starts a fast-unto-death
Kalutara District UNP MP Palitha Thevarapperuma together with the Walallawita Pradeshiya Opposition Leader and one of his councilors has started a fast-unto-death in front of the Baduraliya Hospital today.
The trio demanded the authorities to re-open the Baduraliya hospital which was closed down a few days ago after a protest by the resident following a death of a patient.
A fresh protest was also held with the participation of the residents before the fast-unto-death was started this morning.
However the GMOA stated that MP Thevarapperuma has launched the fast for political gains.