Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 12:50
Family Health Officers not allowed in to Castle Hospital
The Midwives complain that the nursing officers do not allow them to enter the theatres of the Castle Street Maternity Hospital.
The Government Midwifery Service Association stated that this has greatly affected the labour room functions and surgeries.
The Chairman of the Association stated that in addition to Castle Street hospital, the nursing officers have been hindering labour room functions at Peradeniya Teaching Hospital and Ragama Teaching Hospital.
According to the Chairman of the All Island Nurses Union Gamini Kumarasinghe, the dispute between nurses and midwives have prolonged due to the weak measures taken by the Health authorities.
Midwifery Service officers mainly accuse the Public Service United Nurses Union.
The Chairman of the Union Venerable Muruttettuwe Ananda Thera claims that midwives are charging his union with baseless allegations.
Our news team tried contacting a high ranking official regarding the situation at the Castle Street Hospital.
However, a hospital spokesman stated that a meeting is currently underway between the Director and the Administrative officers, and therefore, they cannot be contacted.