Paramedics to withdraw from emergency services with effect from 12 noon
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 13:50
The Paramedics on strike have stated that they will refrain from emergency services in all teaching hospitals at 12 noon if a solution is not provided.
Previously they have refrained from emergency services at Base Hospitals in 5 provincial hospitals at 9 this morning.
The strike which commenced at 6 last morning based on 6 demands continues today as well in all teaching hospitals, General hospitals and District hospitals across the country.
About 5000 paramedics including laboratory technicians and pharmacists, radiologists and physiotherapists are involved in the strike.
Due to this reason several services in most hospitals which include dispensing drugs, blood tests, X-ray and Scanning as well as MRI services have been disrupted.
The General Secretary of Paramedical Joint Union Federation Saman Jayasekara expressed his views regarding the decisions taken during a media briefing held in Colombo today.
He reiterated that the members will withdraw from emergency services at Teaching hospitals with effect from 12 noon and in Colombo National Hospital with effect from 4 in the evening.
However the strike is not on at Lady Ridgeway hospital, Peradeniya Sirimavo Bandaranaike Special hospital for children, Mutwal Children’s hospital, Castle Street hospital for women, De Soyza hospital for women, Panadura Kethu-mathi Hospital and Maharagama Cancer Hospital.
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.