Wednesday, 02 April 2014 - 7:53
Update : Functions of maternity clinics crippled
Government Midwife Service Association stated that the function of maternity clinics and field services were crippled due to their strike restarted today.
The strike was launched against the government decision to provide midwifery training to government nurses.
Government Midwife Service Association President Devika Kodituwakku further described about the ongoing strike to our news team.
When our news team contacted Deputy Health Minister Lalith Dissanayake, he said that the strike is baseless as a group of professionals has already been appointed to look into the matter.
The Deputy Minister also said that the government nurses are also preparing to take trade union action tomorrow charging that the recommendations of the professional group are delaying.
Update : Wednesday, 02 April 2014 - 13:23
Midwifery training issue intensifies again: Nursing unions and family health employees in a trade union action.
The Government Nursing Officers’ Union has decided to carry out a one-day token strike tomorrow in hospitals island-wide due to no solution being provided with regard to the midwifery training problem so far.
GNO Union chairman Saman Rathnapriya expressing his views about the subject at a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday stated that the health officials have pushed them for a trade union action.
However the Government Family Health Services Union says that it condemns the strike the Government Nursing Officers’ Union intends to carry out tomorrow.
GFHS union chairperson Devikaa Kodituvakku told our news team that the Health Ministry Secretary had already decided to provide midwifery training to nurses.
The GFHS chairperson also said that accordingly all Family Health Services Officers island-wide had decided to refrain from hospital and field duties from today.