Hospital minor staff also on strike

21 March 2012 01:00 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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In a move that could further cripple the country’s healthcare system, more than 25,000 minor employees of Health Ministry today joined nearly 5,000 paramedics who are on strike since last week. 

The ministry has announced that casual workers who failed to report for duty by 12.00 noon yesterday would be considered to have vacated their posts.

“Almost all these employees have been recruited on lists sent by government members. If they choose trade union action as the way repaying a good turn let them do it and lose their job,” Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said.

All Ceylon Health Services Union General Secretary Gamini Kumarasinghe said hospital attendants, labourers and cleaners took part in a countrywide strike from yesterday as a means of urging the government to grant five demands - a uniform allowance instead of material for uniforms, a payment for working on Saturday payments, a service minute and a salary increase.

“We are only demanding that the Health Ministry fulfills the pledges given to the employees,” Mr. Kumarasinghe said adding that trade union action would not be called off until all their reasonable demands were granted.

Meanwhile the trade union action launched by paramedics on February 12 continued for the 8th day yesterday inconveniencing thousands of people who visit government hospitals daily.

The strike by Medical Lab Technicians, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Radiographers and Occupational Therapists at state hospitals has severely affected the dispensing of drugs, scanning, X-rays, testing of specimens and ECGs.

The hapless patients have been compelled to seek these services at private hospitals and laboratories and to purchase drugs from private pharmacies.

Army personnel have been deployed to assist hospital staff in performing routine duties after the minor staff struck work (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • MALKANTHI Thursday, 22 March 2012 06:06 AM

    More than 25,000 minor workers and rest can be replaced overnight??? Do you possess any mechanism??? Adhoc decisions are the root cause of all.

    jagath Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:58 AM

    i personally experience what took place at galle karapitiya hospital it was so bad the hospital security had to brake open the door of the medical store room what is happening health minister are u sleeping and letting this happen as i c that your ministry is encouraging people to go to privet hospital

    bash Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:44 PM

    It is the responsibility of the President to ensure citizens are not affected by these....

    Don Sarath Wednesday, 21 March 2012 07:31 PM

    I think it is time to say enough is enough. Government should sack all those who are striking like in 1980 after giving them 24 hours to return to work without harrassing the poor patients

    Hafshaq Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:35 AM

    that will create more chaos.

    K. C. John Thursday, 22 March 2012 06:01 AM

    Let's have a home grown solution to this conspiracy.


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