Issuing of drugs to hospitals stopped: lab tests given to private sector-Video
The five trade unions of the Para Medical Joint Union Federation have decided to continue their strike which was launched at 8 this morning.
The discussions between the trade unionists and Health Ministry Secretary Sudarma Karunarathna failed and Para Medical workers decided to continue the strike which aimed at 6 demands including a salary increase.
The functions of 18 teaching hospitals, 54 provincial general hospitals, and nearly 300 district hospitals were disrupted due to the strike today.
Over 5000 Para medical workers have joined the strike and the issuing of drugs to hospital wards and OPDs were crippled today.
Numerous tests of blood samples, X-Ray, Scan and MRI were also crippled due to the Para medics’ strike.
Meanwhile directors of several hospitals said that Pharmaceutical corporation “Osu Sala” outlets have started issuing drugs to prescriptions issued by government doctors.
They also said steps have been taken to get urgent tests done by private laboratories.
Hospital directors said the situation could be worsen if the strike will continue tomorrow and further.