Sunday, 04 May 2014 - 12:56
Due to nurses strike only emergency surgeries are performed at government hospitals. Anuradhapura Kidney patients protest against the Nurses strike.
Trade unions say that the strike that was initiated by Nurses Trade Unions will continue today as well as no solutions were received for the midwifery training issue.
Only emergency surgeries are performed at the government hospitals due to the strike.
When we contacted Colombo National hospital Director Dr Anil Jasingha stated that hospital activities are carried out without inconveniencing the patients.
However, Chairman of the Government Nursing Officers Association Saman Ratnapriya stated that around 28,000 nurses at 650 hospitals have gone on strike.
The State Services United Nurses Association and All Island Nurses Association also stated that they too would continue with this strike.
Several in-house patients were inconvenienced as a result of the strike at hospitals island-wide.
Nurses’ trade unions directly accuse the Government medical officers association for the issue that has cropped up.
However the media spokesperson of the GMOA Dr. Naveen De Soysa states that the trade union action initiated by nurses trade unions is a failure.
Meanwhile, nearly 100 kidney patients from Anuradhapura are protesting against the strike carried out by the nurses stating that the blood transfusion process has come to a halt.