The indefinite strike action launched by health trade unions enters the seventh day today.
The strike action was launched on the 7th of February based on seven demands including salary anomalies and other concerns.
The health unions are engaged in the strike on the backdrop of two injunction orders issued by the Colombo District Court, against the Government Nursing Officers’ Association and its President Saman Ratnapriya, calling for the suspension of the union action.
However, several health unions claim that they are yet to be informed of an injunction order.
Convener of the Health Trade Union Confederation Ravi Kumudesh said they have been able to continue their trade union action without causing any deaths or complications in the country’s hospital system.
Ravi Kumudesh said they are protesting to win legitimate demands.
He said they are not staging the strikes in 10 special hospitals.
He said they are also continuing to carry out emergency and essential services.
Meanwhile, Ravi Kumudesh has responded to an allegation that patients at the Angoda National Mental Health Hospital are fleeing due to the strike.
He said certain authorities are attempting to paint a different picture about their legitimate strike.
Ravi Kumudesh said patients flee the Angoda National Mental Health Hospital on a daily basis.
He said if patients are fleeing the hospital, authorities and security personnel should be responsible.