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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 - 8:11
Video : Update : Heart surgery strike likely to called off by tomorrow


The Health Ministry stated that it will settle the Hearts and Lungs Locators Association’s problems by tomorrow.

When our news team contacted Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayatilaka, he said that the parties have already come to an agreement with regard to the Union demands.

Hearts and Lungs Locators Association launched a strike last Tuesday on three demands including the settlement of salary anomalies.

Later, heart operations at Colombo National Hospital, Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital, Karapitiya and Kandy General hospitals came to a standstill due the strike.   

Meanwhile the Hearts and Lungs Locators Association says that it is ready to call off the strike soon after a circular is issued with regard to the matters the parties agreed during yesterday’s negotiations.

Meanwhile Health Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayatilaka said that the particular Circular to this effect will be issued tomorrow.

Update : Thursday, 27 February 2014 - 1:32
Heart operations cripple at Government hospitals; strike likely to prolong

Heart operations at the Colombo National Hospital have been crippled due to the strike launched by the Hearts and Lungs Locators Association.

Hospital Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that in this backdrop, doctors found it impossible to perform operations scheduled for today.

The Hearts and Lungs Locators Association started a continues strike yesterday on several demands including a risk allowance.

Heart operations are performed only in Colombo National Hospital, Kandy General Hospital, Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Lady Ridgeway Children Hospital and in Sri Jayawardanapura hospital.

Lady Ridgeway Children Hospital Director Dr. Linton Padmasiri said that several urgent heart surgeries were performed by managing the available resources this morning.

However Hearts and Lungs Locators Association Vice President Mangala Jayasinghe said that they would cooperate with doctors to perform operations at the Lady Ridgeway children’ hospital.

Meanwhile authorities of Kandy and Karapitiya hospital said that heart operations will come to a standstill if the strike continues throughout the day.

Our news team contacted Deputy Minister of Health Lalith Dissanayake to comment on the strike by Hearts and Lungs Locators Association.

He said that it is suspicious whether there is an ulterior motive behind this wild-cat strike.

Update : Wednesday, 26 February 2014 - 13:18
Heart surgeries at the Colombo child hospital too ends

The trade union action the Government Cardiology and Lung Treatment Association had launched based on three demands is carried out today as well.

The Association’s vice chairman Mangala Jayasinghe said that accordingly even the Colombo Lady Ridgeway Hospital which carried out services yesterday would launch the strike today.

The vice chairman said that even yesterday no positive response came from authorities to the uninterrupted strike launched with regard to several demands including salary anomalies.

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