Nurses’ TU action: Doctors say hospitals not affected

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Public Service United Nurses Union (PSUNU) has launched a protest by refusing to take instructions from doctors and assist them in patient management from Monday March 24 but hospital administrators say their institutions have not been severly affected.

Director of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that though the nurses kept away from their routine duties such as ward management and helping doctors with ward rounds, the hospital had functioned smoothly as usual. In the NHSL the nurses in-charge of respective wards went on ward rounds with the doctors. Only some units had been affected, he said.

Jaffna Teaching hospital Directress Dr. Mrs. Bavani Pasupathyraja said no nurses had refused to cooperate with doctors. The ward management went on as usual.

Colombo South Teaching hospital Director Dr. Asela Gunawardena said his hospital had functioned as usual. Nurese had performed their duties with a sense of responsibility and dedication.

Gampola Hospital Director Dr. Sarath Weerabandara said that the hospital had not been not affected by the nurses’ trade union action. Routine operations with the assistance of the nursing staff had gone on as usual. Patients had been admitted and discharged as usual.

Panadura Base hospital Director Dr. Priyal Samaraweera said that a few units had been affected as some nurses did not assist doctors.

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