State Minister Channa Jayasumana says the continuation of trade union action by health unions despite injunction orders is in contempt of court.
Speaking to media in Colombo, the State Minister said he expects legal action to be taken against such groups.
Meanwhile, State Minister Jayasumana said a programme is in operation to issue medicines through the network of government pharmacies for prescriptions issued by government hospitals during the strike.
The State Minister said maximum measures have been taken to address grievances of health unions.
He noted that as several doctors are engaged in service, patients have been treated to a certain extent at state hospitals.
However, State Minister Jayasumana said while prescriptions are being issued to patients, pharmacists are on strike, and therefore medicine cannot be obtained. State Minister Jayasumana said the strike action is politically motivated.
He claimed trade unions have a right to engage in strike actions and called on union leaders to consider the plight of the people in a humane manner and suspend the strike.
He added the time is not apt to hold strike action with the economic crisis on one hand and the coronavirus pandemic on the other.
State Minister Jayasumana said salaries cannot be increased as and when demands are made.
The State Minister appealed to the public to call off the strike and to agree to hold discussions to address their grievances.