Saturday, 03 May 2014 - 7:30
Update 650 hospitals come to a standstill due to nurses strike; Ridgeway, Castle, De Soyza and Cancer hospitals operate
About 650 hospitals have ceased to function following the island wide trade union action by the Nursing professionals Associations.
The trade union action was commenced today at 7am after the discussions held with the Health Minister concerning the Midwifery training failed yesterday.
Government Service United Nurses Association, All Island Nurses Association and the Government Nursing Officers Association have joined the Trade union action.
Government Nursing officers association chairman Saman Ratnapriya told our news team that they will continue the trade union action if they fail to provide a solution to the issue.
In house patients of island wide hospitals are facing severe inconvenience due to this trade union action. Several patients voiced their opinions regarding the matter stating that they are not receiving vaccinations and medicine issued within the hospital.
Regarding the situation at the Colombo National Hospital, the hospital’s Dr. Anil Jasinghe stated that despite the trade union action the emergency medical services are being conducted.
Update : Saturday, 03 May 2014 - 1:44
Island wide Nurses strike today
Nurses Trade Unions have said that they will go in for a island wide strike from today after their discussions with the Health Minister on the midwifery training issue failed yesterday.
Following the discussions which were held in Narahenpita yesterday, Health Ministry officials had stated that discussions needed to be held with the State Services United Nurses Association and Government Medical Officers Association.
Chairman of the Government Nursing Officers Association Saman Ratnapriya stated that they would conduct their strike from today.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the State Services United Nurses Association Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera and Chairman of the All Island Nurses Association S B Mediwaththe also stated that they too would join the strike.
We also inquired from Central Committee Member of the Government Medical Officers Association Nalinda Herath, and he stated that this strike was totally unfair.