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Nurses’ Union opposes move to attach Peradeniya staff to NFTH/KDUH

  • Protest planned for 13 September

By Dinitha Rathnayake

The Government Nursing Officers Association (GNOA) opposed the decision to attach nursing officers of the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital to the Dr. Neville Fernando State Teaching Hospital (NFTH) and the Kotelawala Defence University Hospital (KDUH), stating that they intended to conduct a protest in this regard.

In a letter to Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on 1 September in this regard, GNOA President Saman Rathnapriya had said that the Association opposed this decision.

“However, it seems that the nursing officers of the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital are still being attached to the Dr. Neville Fernando State Teaching Hospital and the KDU Hospital, proving that Health Ministry officials are not taking the Minister’s orders seriously.”

Following a discussion with Rambukwella on 26 August, it was decided to attach the staff from the relevant provincial hospitals to fulfil the requirements of Covid-19-related activities in the aforementioned hospitals.

Rathnapriya also stressed that this process has been taking place for almost two months, noting that the nursing officers have faced a lot of personal issues due to this decision.

The Association stated that it is considering holding a protest against this decision unless the Government puts a stop to this by 12 September. The GNOA added that nursing officers would refrain from their attached duties on 13 September from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the initial stage of the protest.