Docs want ward clerks to by-pass heartless nightingales



By Norman Palihawadana 


President of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Dr. Anurudda Padeniya yesterday called for the appointment of ward clerks so that doctors serving in labour rooms would be able to take required surgical equipment without an issue.


Dr. Padeniya alleged that a striking trade union at the Kalutara General Hospital had allegedly hidden the keys of cupboards where surgical equipment was stored. Doctors of the Kalutara General Hospital had appealed to him to work towards resolving the issue as those suffering from it were the innocent pregnant mothers. "Striking unions should not hold patients to ransom," he said.


If something was not done as soon as possible, the remaining hospital staff would have to break open locks of storage cupboards and drawers, he warned.


Nurses and midwives have been up in arms following decision taken by the government to train a section of nurses from their 2009 batch in midwifery. On Wednesday (30) the GMOA revealed that several nurses of the batch had forcibly entered the labour rooms and wards disrupting the services of doctors and midwives on duty.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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