Nurses and supplementary and complimentary medical health professionals have questioned the government on why it cannot provide solutions to their demands, since it has decided to grant a Rs.5,000 allowance to state sector employees.
The 24-hour token strike launched at hospitals in the Southern Province at 7 this morning, is still ongoing.
They had organized a protest in Galle this afternoon. President of the Association of Health Professionals Ravi Kumudesh said they have no alternative than to protest, and apologized from the public for the inconvenience.
He noted the government, the Minister of Health and the Health Ministry is responsible for the trade union action adding that health professionals have been engaged in the struggle for two months and they are not making new demands.
He called for the recommendations of the Ranukge committee report to be implemented, which proposed removing discrepancies that were prevalent since 2016, in 2018.
Kumudesh added however the government disregarded the report in an arbitrary manner.
He noted instead of providing the Rs.5,000 allowance to state sector workers, the government could’ve resolved the issues faced by health professionals.
He said however the government lacks a programme, agenda and a vision and therefore the public is faced with various issues daily.
Ravi Kumudesh said today protests were only staged in the Southern Province adding they could’ve launched trade union action across the island.
He said however they will not do so as they do not want to further burden the public.