The Government Nursing Officers' Association said today that it has decided to withdraw from all health services islandwide due to alleged ill-treatment of nursing officers and lack of recognition of their services.
In a letter to the Health Ministry Secretary, the Association headed by Saman Rathnapriya had stressed that its officers had been engaging in health services regardless of the threat of prevailing pandemic situation.
However, the association said the officers have not been granted even their minimum facilities and that their bonuses and privileges have also been cut off.
"Nursing officers at hospitals have been completely neglected. We urge to take notice of the decisions reached during the meeting held with the Health Minister on March 29," the letter said.
According to the letter, some of the decisions are to provide the nursing officers with necessary health facilities, to provide officers with accommodations and healthy food, making sure that nurses are entitled to holidays and arrange duties in a way that it doesn't affect the off-days and holidays.
"If these demands are not met, we are not hesitant to withdraw from all health services from Monday(6)," it said.
Comments - 14
Sesath Saturday, 04 April 2020 05:05 PM
Another selfish group. Is this the time to make demands? Where is the money for the government to pay for all these public servants demands? SL has too many public servants many of whom are doing nothing.
Sokrates Saturday, 04 April 2020 05:55 PM
For Police Officers holiday is canceled. Why Nursing Officers want holiday and ask for bonuses and privileges in this situation? Saman Rathnapriya be cautious of White Vans.
Adam Speak Saturday, 04 April 2020 06:04 PM
What a cheap demand and conditions at a time like this from Nursing Officers. Also the government must provide necessary facilities and respect for them.
Abey Saturday, 04 April 2020 06:29 PM
Why not?'Kala dutu kala wala iha gan' is the Sri Lankan moto. Thankfully doctors are not doing it this time around. I that pandit Ranil were in power they would have too.
Why not all Government staff should do that and balck-mail the nation
CRG Saturday, 04 April 2020 06:34 PM
Shame......... you think this is the time to take leave......
Johan Saturday, 04 April 2020 06:36 PM
Nurses are supposed to follow the characters of
FLORENCE Nightingale.All associations guiding them are like foxes waiting for opportunities
Neutral Opinion Perera Saturday, 04 April 2020 06:49 PM
Saman Rathnapriya's way showing gratitude to UNP for granting him a national list MP post by sacrificing innocent people's lives at this crucial moment. He should be hanged on a priority basis if he goes ahead with this.
BE FAIR Saturday, 04 April 2020 06:50 PM
Saman Rathnapriya you are worse than a Traitor.
I am truly saddened that people like you still exist.
PLEASE DONT INSTIGATE
Saranga Walimuni Saturday, 04 April 2020 06:53 PM
Shehan Saturday, 04 April 2020 06:59 PM
Dear Saman these matters can be discussed 2 or 3 months later. Please don't let noble profession to go down drain at this critical time.
දීපිකා ගුණවර්ධන Sunday, 05 April 2020 09:56 AM
Party polytics rising again .
Paala Sunday, 05 April 2020 11:39 AM
Just less than 5days of sittings Ratnaapriya has got 16 million worth car and many benefits,all thanks to nurses union,again he is trying to go further step for future by taking nurses for ride during this national calamity,but guy is talking big about human rights
Pat Herat Sunday, 05 April 2020 12:27 PM
This is "Blackmail" of the lowest order. Can the National List appointment of this man be cancelled?
vijaya fernando Sunday, 12 April 2020 02:12 AM
In England,my sister is working as a nurse taking huge risks 19 nurses have died in the UK of Covid 19 . Sri Lanka nurses cleaners doctors support workers need full protection. A country can run without a prime minister or president for 30 days but cannot function for 1 day without a nurse . The only group that is selfish are the politicians
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