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Issuing a statement National Bhikku Front (NBF) urges the President to resume the free treatments for clergy at at Sri Jayewardenepura (SJP) Hospital yesterday.

In a letter sent to President Maithripala Sirisena NBF has showed their displeasure over the hospital decision and raised their concerns on the free health care service in the country.

The NBF General Secretary Ven. Wakamulle Uditha Thera said the SJP hospital had carried out a good quality practice however, are now charging from the monks who are seeking treatment out of five km radius.

The NBF has condemned the hospital authority's decision and said during a time when the country celebrated the International Vesak Day the move had sent negative message to the world that the government is not providing medical assistance to the Monks in the country.

“The country’s population of clergy is less than 100,000 a 0.43% percent of the total population. In that context it is very low population that seeks treatment from Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital. It is a discriminatory judgement not only in the health sector but also affects our culture,” Ven. Thera said.

Further, Ven. thera said the hospital was constructed in 1984 with the Japanese funds was then agreed to treat the clergy free of charge.

Therefore Ven. thera requested from the President to withdraw the circular immediately.(Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Lanka Perera Tuesday, 23 May 2017 10:46 AM

    and muslim clergy too.

    saman hewawasam Monday, 22 May 2017 06:07 PM

    NO, No, NOT AT ALL.

    J Palitha Monday, 22 May 2017 10:56 AM

    Good move, but also the same should be applied on Christian, Hindu

    One Shot Ranjan Monday, 22 May 2017 10:59 AM

    Make it common for every other religious leaders.

    IVJ Monday, 22 May 2017 11:36 AM

    This is the problem with our country. So used to getting everything free of charge, we simply don't appreciate the privileges. While I sympathise for those who cannot afford, this culture of "FREE" is really bringing this country down.

    BP Monday, 22 May 2017 03:05 PM

    Well said IVJ. Why cant they go to other govt hospitals where treatment is free. Why do they want to get treated at SJGH Is it because of the facilities If so they should pay the price. Pls remember behind every freebies in our country there is a hard working tax payer. via DM Android App

    Justica USA.... Monday, 22 May 2017 03:07 PM

    IVJ true......free education has made more thugs n goons than doctors. scrap the freebies....make em pay so their parents feel the pinch n discourage the goons from protests n unruly behavior.... via DM Android App


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